Album Review: Missy Elliott’s ‘Iconology’

Album Review: Missy Elliott’s ‘Iconology’

Just days before she is slated to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, Missy Elliott dropped Iconology, a five-track EP that slaps from start to finish.

The first track, “Throw It Back,” is a repetitive-ass banger that will have you singing along in no time. It is followed by “Cool Off,” a two-minute banger that reminds you just how much of a rapping-ass rapper Missy is, and then “DripDemeanor,” a baby-making song featuring Sum1 on the hook.

The last two tracks are two versions of the same song: “Why I Still Love You.” Track 4 comes with production, while Track 5 is acapella — Missy teased the latter on Instagram months ago. I fell in love with it then, and the full song definitely lives up to the promise of the snippet. Both versions of the song are [fire emoji] and serve as a reminder of what an amazing vocalist Missy is and just how well she writes R&B music.

After almost a quarter-century in the business, Missy Elliott’s creative juices are flowing better than those of your favorite new artist, and Iconology is a testament to that. She is truly a genius and it brings me joy to see her receive her flowers while she can smell them. All hail Queen Missy.

Album rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars.

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