STREAM: Missy Elliott - Triple Threat + 9th Inning (feat. Timbaland)
After their controversial exclusion (at least thus far) from the upcoming posthumous Aaliyah album, Missy Elliott and Timbaland are out to stake their claim to cultural relevancy some seven years since Missy’s last solo effort. With “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” the powerhouse collaborators work hard to situate themselves in the 2012 hip hop landscape – which, statistically speaking, probably amounts to somewhere between a 2 Chainz verse and a Drake hook – and seem to go all-out on the effort front. Neither song quite reaches the instahit status we’d expect after marinating for seven years, though "Triple Threat" comes closer to the contemporary of adaptation of a classic Timbaland beat that fans feel like they deserve. It’s a funny kind of trip to see the duo making tracks you would hear sandwiched between MMG drops on the radio, but these will certainly build even more anxious anticipation for Missy's Block Party.