Released: March 2001

The 21st century might have started 15 months earlier, but nothing said 'welcome to the future' as audaciously and sexily as this. Every bleep, twang and spasm of Timbaland's minimal production blew a hole in the fabric of the pop tune as we knew it. Penetrating those holes was Missy Elliot, a spitting, throbbing, eyebrow-arching caricature of ultra-bling and booty wobble that sent a shiver down your back and a heatwave to your loins. “Ain't no stopping me. Copywritten so don't copy me.” she hollered. Plenty have tried, none have got close. (MW)


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