The harsh critique of the current rap game, â€™9th Inning,â€™ opens with horns and is pretty piano-driven. â€œYou newcomers better sit back and take note,â€ Elliott warns. Timbaland also makes a note to any haters who assume the duo were past their prime, â€œNâ€”-s think Iâ€™m over, but I still win.â€ â€œHit makinâ€™ / Hit breakinâ€™ / Party shakinâ€™ / Innovative / Groundbreaking / So creative / We be the most anticipated.â€
Timbaland even takes a shot at Lady Gaga in the track â€” the poor galâ€™s been getting it from Madonna, and now this! But itâ€™s a worthwhile listen that itâ€™ll make most hip-hop heads think about the state of the industry.
On â€˜Triple Threat,â€™ set to a beat and production that are inexplicably but unmistakably Timbalandâ€™s, Missy describes her multiple talents, boasting, â€œI slap whoever said Iâ€™m irrelevant.â€ Get it, girl!
Elliott hasnâ€™t released any new music in seven years, and both â€™9th Inningâ€™ and â€˜Triple Threatâ€™ prove she really hasnâ€™t missed a beat â€” and so do her live performances. She previously promised that her upcoming album, tentatively titled â€˜Block Party,â€™ would have a futuristic feel â€” and she delivered on that promise as well, seeing as these songs donâ€™t sound like anything else on the radio right now. Work it!