Missyâs back! The rapper/singer and producer who brought you hits like âGet UR Freak Onâ and âWork Itâ is due to release her first album in just over three years this August. Tentatively titled âBlock Party,â the Atlantic release follows her 2005 album âThe Cookbookâ and featured songs âChing-A-Lingâ and âShake Your Pom Pomâ on the Step Up 2: The Streets Soundtrack released earlier this year. Tracks on the new album, Elliott’s seventh, include the drum-heavy “Hip-Hop Don’t Die;” the sensual “Milk & Cookies,” on which Elliot lightheartedly harmonizes about her capabilities in the bedroom; and first single “Best Bestâ which Elliott says is one of her favorites âI love that one. (âBest Bestâ) It’s not your typical R&B record. It’s more like club R&B with a U.K. hip-hop sound to it. It’s a feel-good record, but at the same time super sexy. It reminds me of when I did “Hot Boyz.” It’s got that same feeling.â In a recent interview Elliott says âThis album is probably more musical and melodic than my previous ones. A lot of my albums are really hip-hop-driven, with tinges of other music genres. But this album is hip-hop, with a sort of U.K. hip-hop sound to it.â To tide fans over until the album hits stores, Elliott plans to release a promotional album in mid-summer, “Fanomenal,” which was titled by fans in an online vote and will include exclusive tracks and videos. And, in keeping with the new album title’s theme, Elliott will host a couple of block parties around the July 4 and Labor Day weekends.