We are back to appreciate some more 2000’s music! Today, we’re diving into the 2001 mega-banger “Get Ur Freak On” by the one and only Missy Elliott.
This song still slaps to this day. You can’t sit there and tell me when that indistinguishable *duh duhduhduhDUHduh* comes on, you don’t start to bob your head like you’re in the music video with Ms. Demeanor. Such a smooth beat, and, as always, Missy kills it with the lyrics. This was one of my favorite songs back when it came out, and still is one of my favorite songs of the aughts today.
At the outset of the video, Missy gives us a warning of what we’re about to witness, when she simply says “headbanger.” From here, we know we’re in for a wild ride. We’re basically set here in a sewer/underground world throughout the video, with wildly painted/costumed inhabitants (freaks, if you will) of the strange and vivid world Missy is spending this four or so minutes in.
We get some classic early 2000’s CGI around the 1:18 mark, when Ms. Demeanor’s neck wildly and unnaturally extends while asking “is that cho chick?!” The video was also chalked-full of early aughts hip hop royalty cameos: Ja Rule, Timbaland, Ludacris, Eve, LL Cool J, Nate Dawg, and Busta Rhymes.
“Ain’t no stoppin’ me, copy written so don’t copy me
Y’all do it sloppily and y’all can’t come close to me“
Missy just throwing the gauntlet down here, as only she could. The lyrics really were the truth too. She was/has been so much different than other artists. She has seemingly done things her own way and carved out her own path; lyrically, stylistically, however you want to look at it. These few lines really drive that point home.
“Quiet! (Shhh) Hush your mouth, silence when I spit it out
(Hah-choo!) In your face, open your mouth, give you a taste“
This is just foul. Count me 100% out here. I didn’t want to bring light to it above, but the visuals during this lyric in the music video is also pretty graphic. I know the onus is on the lyricists to paint a picture with their words but…c’mon Missy, a little strong here.
Missy killed it with this one back in 2001. In my non-expert opinion, she is still killing it with this one in 2020. Silky rhythm, lyrics flow really well, and a music video, while an interesting concept, paired well with both. Count this one as a winner, folks.
Rating: 7 Carson Daly’s