Missy Elliott Makes Me Sad

The new single by the Pussycat Dolls, the listless “Whatcha Think About That,” features a few cameos by Missy Elliott, who during her bits in the video is forced to mumble inane lines like “Tonight I’m goin out and ain’t comin back / You ain’t gonna get no more pussycat” while standing in close proximity to Nicole Scherzinger and her handmaidens shaking their asses to the track, which sounds kind of like a dessicated take on Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight.” Only this time, instead of Whitney belting out every note, we get Scherzinger whinging and preening as Missy drops anemic verses like “Up in the club its just me and my girls / Play like Katy Perry kissin on girls.” Sigh. Missy. Katy Perry references and rhyming “girls” with “girls”? Maybe you should get back together with Timbaland–surely whatever he thinks up for you could cause a spark of some sort, right? Oh, wait. [Dailymotion]

  • panfriedcharlie

    Missy Elliot won cred with me with her “Lose Control” single and accompanying video. The video was one of the most artfully produced music videos that I’ve seen to this day — and the song was a dark, minimalist trip. If anyone has doubts about the potential of Missy Elliot, check out the video

    ). Too bad that potential doesn’t come through in her recent work.

  • Al Shipley

    Yeah, you really gotta put a gun to Missy’s head to make her recite an inane line. No way she would’ve thought up a stupid hook on her own and happily performed it. Right.

  • anawolken

    Sounds to me like Missy is finally coming out of the closet. Right on sister!

  • Nunya B

    @anawolken: I was just going to say, it’s funny because she doesn’t kiss on girls like Katy Perry, she kisses on girls like real lesbians do.

  • Ned Raggett

    @panfriedcharlie: If anyone has doubts about the potential of Missy Elliot

    Uh, this IS 2008 and not 1997 or so, I trust.

  • panfriedcharlie

    @Ned Raggett: Your trust is not misplaced — it is 2008. I can see why you have your doubts since you did recently mention that you wanna watch “UHF”.

  • Maura Johnston

    @panfriedcharlie: it is never the wrong time to watch ‘uhf’

  • silkyjumbo

    @panfriedcharlie: missy’s videos are ALWAYS amazing.

  • Ned Raggett

    I hear that Rolling Stones band has some potential, as does young up and comer Prince.

  • panfriedcharlie

    @Maura Johnston: agreed!
    @silkyjumbo: Thanks for posting these.

  • ITMS

    @Nunya B: AMEN.

    This is at least a step up from collaborating with Danity Kane, no?

  • Dick Laurent is dead.

    @silkyjumbo: YES! Watched “She’s A Bitch” about ten times yesterday while link-jumping on YouTube; the starter being a mashup of “Gossip Folks” and a Gui Boratto track.

  • narymary

    @Ned Raggett: I don’t know about that Prince with his high heels and purple jackets. D’you think he’ll really take off?