Missy Elliot not only looked different than her contemporaries, she sounded different too. The spacey vibes and free associations of Missy raps made her a standout. At a time when women were using sex to sell, Missy challenged that by just being herself. But she can’t take all the credit for this masterpiece of an album, this album certified Timbaland as a genius. His sounds stutter, he has crazy arrangements and crafted a sound that has never been duplicated (but often imitated). The sound that Timbaland introduced to the world to on Aaliyah’s One in a Million are perfected here. In my opinion, this is one of the best produced hip hop albums ever, right up there with Dr. Dre’s The Chronic.