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The Writings on The Wall

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Destiny's Child: Kelly, La Tavia, Le Toya, Beyonce (vocals).

Additional personnel: Missy Elliot, Next, Byron Rittenhouse (vocals); Gerald Thomas, Donald Holmes, Anthony Hardy, She'kspere (various instruments); Dwayne Wiggins (guitar, synthesizer, bass, programming); Charles Spikes, Sonny Lallerstedt (guitar); Vincent Lars (saxophone); Bill Ortiz (trumpet); Terry-T (keyboards, bass, drum machine); Platinum Status, Daryl Simmons (keyboards, programming); Ronnie Garrett, Raymond McKinnley (bass); Tony Williams (programming) Producers include: Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Rodney Jerkins, Dwayne Wiggins, Chad Elliot, Missy Elliot.

Engineers include: Michael Calderon, Ramon Morales, James Hoover.

"Bills, Bills, Bills" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and for Best R&B Song.

"Say My Name" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and for Best R&B Song. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------Reviews: 

Muzik (1/00, p.70) - Ranked #16 in Muzik's "Albums Of The Year '99"

Vibe (9/99, p.272) - "...[a] winning sophmoric disc....funky, beat-savvy tunes guaranteed to offend certain fellas as the battle of the sexes rages on..."

Entertainment Weekly (7/16/99, p.65-66) - "...more capable of confident, inventive R&B than many of their contemporaries....close enough to the spirit of the Supremes to at least win them a callback." - Rating: B

Q Magazine (8/99, p.104) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...engaging and sassy..."

Muzik (8/99, p.80) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...smart and imaginative. A sleek, confident sophomore effort - praise be to Missy and Timbaland."  


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Graced with talent, beauty and youth (their average-age is 18), this Houston quartet is drawing comparisons to both the Supremes and En Vogue. Their sophomore release employs tight vocal blends and sassy lyrics. Missy Elliott lends her production skills.