Missy Elliott Overcame Sophomore Slump During "World" Recording

To any artist who broke through on his or her debut, the two most dreaded words in the English language are "sophomore" and "slump."

You wouldn't think that applied to the always-ebullient Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, whose second LP "Da Real World" lands at number ten on next week's "Billboard" album chart. But as she revealed to MTV News, the shadow of her multi-platinum debut "Supa Dupa Fly" and the pressure to put out a major follow-up were both looming over her in the studio.

"I just kept going in there and nothing was sounding right," Elliott said. "And [producer] Timbaland was like, 'You've been in the studio too long. You need to get away, go to Miami or something. I don't know what's wrong with you.' And I just had to, like, wake up one day and say, 'I'm just going to go in here and just do songs instead of sitting there thinking about it being my sophomore album... just go in there and do

songs like I would do for any other artist.'" [RealVideo]

"Da Real World" is in stores now, and you can catch Missy, along with Lil' Kim, Aaliyah, and Da Brat, gracing the pages of the August issue of "Elle" magazine (see "Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, Da Brat Unite For 'Elle').