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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diddy Do It

    What more can I say. He is one of the best. End of story. This album is smooth clean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Press Play ... Wait Isn't This By Diddy

    Step right up, Ladies and Gentleman! This game is fun and easy. It’s called How Many Hits: Featuring Diddy’s Press Play. Hey, you in the Sean John shirt. Yeah, you! Check it out. Guess how many tracks – including interludes and intros – are good on Diddy’s new joint. There are nineteen tracks in total. Think about Diddy’s accomplishments, but don’t forget his reputation for having mediocre rap skills. Guess right, and win a prize. Three bucks to play. Think you can stump me? “Ok. N-no, uhhhhh no problem. Six?” Wrong, sorry. There are thirteen. Thanks for playing, though “Wait a minute. Thirteen? That’s pretty good.” Yes, that’s pretty good. Press Play is a surprisingly listenable effort from Diddy (formerly P.Diddy, Puff, and Puff Daddy), but the CD is not without some flaws. “Pretty good” isn’t remarkable after all. But here is why the CD is worth purchasing: Sean Combs (pardon the use of his given name here) has a movie director’s ability to draw, feature, and produce talent. He also has an adept ability to bring symphonic quality to beat making. He puts a certain stamp on his productions … and I’m not talking about his dependence upon samples. Listen carefully to the track entitled The Future. It builds like a music street war, and could destroy any recent track from any another artist that would happen to get near it. It also has its own cheering section (that will make sense when you hear it). Even his struggle to rap competently here is overshadowed by the force of the music itself. It is almost its own entity. Then there is the club-ready hit Diddy Rock, which features Timbaland, Twista, and Shawna. Each performer on this track offers dead on rhyme delivery, and even Diddy seems to keep up. Another undeniable hit is the song Everything I Love. This song again demonstrates his movie director ability to assemble music talent. He features Nas and Cee-Lo, and he puts them in a position to succeed amongst a pulse-pounding beat, perfect horns, and even organ parts that somehow work. And, again, he manages to sound competent himself. The album also features performances by Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, Brandy, and even Jamie Foxx. Think about it. He got all of these people to guest on his album!!!!!!! But it isn’t all good. There is bad news, too. The bad news is that the CD samples Prince’s When Doves Cry (including his majesty’s signature shouts) on a song called Special Feeling, which features Mika Lett. This is a disappointment, and this Mike Lett attempts to sound a little like Prince at times. Not only is this a dangerous risk, but it seems doomed to fail … and as far as I’m concerned, it did. A track called Through the Pain (She Told Me), which features Mario Winans, suffers from a certain R&B familiarity that makes it less than it could be … although it wouldn’t surprise me if it ended up being a radio single anyway. Lastly, We Gon’ Make It is a song that, well doesn’t make it – not even remotely. Diddy seems content to shout phrases like “I told you I was gonna be somebody” and “you created this monster,” while Jack Knight sings his parts in a seemingly uninspired way. This track is a bit of a mess. Overall though, this CD has many things to like about it. It is a very nice surprise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diddy is back!!!!

    I really like this album. Its probably Diddy's best album so far. Pay attention to tracks like "The Future" and "Tell Me" with Christina Aguilera.“Still the man can orchestrate a mass-market pop phenomenon. Press Play has something for most everyone: street raps, club jams, glossy R&B.”- Entertainment Weekly A must have for any music fan!

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    Posted August 31, 2009

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