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Ever the pop culture vulture, Diddy (if he keeps shortening his moniker, by his next album it will be Did) opens his first disc in five years with an intro thanking his fans for supporting him to the beat of Tears for Fears' "Head Over Heels." But will listeners fall head over heels for Press Play? Well, whether they'll go tumbling for him or not, the disc will pleasantly surprise those convinced that Puff's flow will never rival Jay-Z's and those expecting his ego to be as sky-high as ever (after all, on the abbreviated, horn-sampled "I Am," he defiantly raps, "Never no losses/ I'm a winner / The boss of all bosses"). The beat-savvy Press Play boasts production ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Ever the pop culture vulture, Diddy (if he keeps shortening his moniker, by his next album it will be Did) opens his first disc in five years with an intro thanking his fans for supporting him to the beat of Tears for Fears' "Head Over Heels." But will listeners fall head over heels for Press Play? Well, whether they'll go tumbling for him or not, the disc will pleasantly surprise those convinced that Puff's flow will never rival Jay-Z's and those expecting his ego to be as sky-high as ever (after all, on the abbreviated, horn-sampled "I Am," he defiantly raps, "Never no losses/ I'm a winner / The boss of all bosses"). The beat-savvy Press Play boasts production credits by Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Rich Harrison and features top-shelf guest appearances by Christina Aguilera (the club-ready "Tell Me"), Mary J. Blige (the percussive "Everything I Love"), Jamie Foxx (the slow jam "Partners for Life"), and Pussycat Dolls front woman Nicole Scherzinger (the electro-pop lead single "Come to Me"). Although the 19-track disc is too long, from the sped-up, Mario Winans-helmed "Thought You Said," featuring Brandy, to the Timbaland-concocted, synth-laden "After Love," featuring promising newcomer Keri, Press Play is definitely worth a spin.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Diddy spent the five years since the release of his previous solo album making (and shelving) a gospel album, dabbling (or flailing) in dance music, running in the New York City Marathon, developing a perfume called (almost unbelievably) Unforgivable, and undoubtedly doing many other important things. His Bad Boy empire settled into a severe lull until the summer of 2006, when Yung Joc's "It's Going Down," Cassie's "Me&U," and the Danity Kane album revived the label. Press Play is well timed, and it's also well endowed: the roster of collaborators and guests is both extensive and impressive enough to entice the severely Diddy-resistant. Peculiarly enough, Diddy's practically the opening act on his own album. During the first several tracks, he's the dominant voice, dishing out the expected variations on his wildly hubristic boasts of old, and that includes a baffling gritted-teeth threat like "America, fall back, you can't stop me/Got a thing for pigeon-toed chicks who walk knock-kneed." On his own, he does not deliver. Around track six, the guests begin to take over the 80-minute program, and the album morphs into a theatrical examination of love and romance that is partly randomized but mostly tremendous. Apparently inspired by his relationships with ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez and his wife, Diddy and his shifting cast of fellow songwriters/producers pen a series of songs -- you could almost call it a suite -- emboldened by a round of knockout performances from several women. Multi-threat up-and-comer Keri Hilson (watch for her), Brandy, Keyshia Cole, and Mary J. Blige all take lead roles and make up the heart of the album. This last half-hour of the album, with the exception of a couple instances where Diddy could've left everything in the hands of the vocalists, teeters on the edge of brilliance. Timbaland (with partner Nathanial "Danja" Hill) and Mario Winans (with Diddy) deliver robust, imaginative productions that lay the majority of modern-day R&B tracks to waste (glints of left-field dance music and the new wave that inspired it are incorporated to great effect), while Rich Harrison expectedly and thrillingly blends the blaring with the lush behind Blige. The rest of the album is worth talking about, as it involves noteworthy appearances from Christina Aguilera, Ciara, Nas, Big Boi, Cee-Lo, and several others, but it's less risky and not nearly as remarkable as the closing stretch. All told, the number of memorable hooks on display here is surprising.
New York Times - Kelefa Sanneh
The best songs surround Diddy's clumsy verses with inventive beats.
Billboard - Jeff Vrabel
A solid and often appealing party jam.
Washington Post - Dan Charnas
He may be, as he says on his new album, "hard to love," yet Diddy has a certain genius -- and it's clearly on display in "Press Play." He knows what rocks the dance floor.

The best songs surround Diddy's clumsy verses with inventive beats.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Atlantic Uk
  • UPC: 075679357526
  • Catalog Number: 793575

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Testimonial (Intro) - Diddy (2:24)
  2. 2 We Gon' Make It - Jack Knight (3:33)
  3. 3 I Am (Interlude) - Diddy (1:46)
  4. 4 The Future - Diddy (3:11)
  5. 5 Hold Up - Diddy (3:29)
  6. 6 Come to Me - Nicole Scherzinger (4:36)
  7. 7 Tell Me - Christina Aguilera (4:06)
  8. 8 Wanna Move - Scar (5:18)
  9. 9 Diddy Rock - Shawna (5:12)
  10. 10 Claim My Place (Interlude) - Avant (3:25)
  11. 11 Everything I Love (4:23)
  12. 12 Special Feeling - Mike Letts (4:25)
  13. 13 Crazy Thang (Interlude) - Diddy (1:15)
  14. 14 After Love - Keri Hilson (4:47)
  15. 15 Through the Pain (She Told Me) - Diddy (5:28)
  16. 16 Thought You Said - Diddy (5:49)
  17. 17 Last Night - Keyshia Cole (6:26)
  18. 18 Making It Hard - Diddy (4:54)
  19. 19 Partners for Life - Diddy (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
P. Diddy Primary Artist
Diddy Indexed Contributor
Betty Wright Vocals
John Blackwell Drums
Emilio Castillo Tenor Saxophone
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Baritone Saxophone
Rob Lewis Conductor, fender rhodes
Mario Winans Drums, Keyboards, Overdubs
David Woodford Tenor Saxophone
Brandy Vocals
Sarah Rosete Vocals
Tower of Power Horn Section Track Performer
Ethan Farmer Bass
Ervin Pope Keyboards
Adolfo Acosta Trumpet
Jack Knight Vocals, Background Vocals
will.i.am Keyboards
Brian Frazier Moore Drums
Shannon "Slam" Lawrence Vocals
Christina Aguilera Vocals
Nicole Scherzinger Vocals
Charile "CSUN" Bereal Guitar
Ed Goldson Bass
Angela Hunte Vocals
Keenan "Kee Note" Holloway Bass
Mike Bogart Trombone, Trumpet
Mabvuto Carpenter Vocals
Kristal "Tytewriter" Oliver Vocals, Background Vocals
Cheri Dennis Vocals
Katrinia Carson Background Vocals
Chally Dogg Drums
Iyanna Dean Vocals, Background Vocals
Precious Harrison Vocals
Arden Keys Keyboards
Mika Lett Vocals
Ms. Mia Harp
Shay Winans Vocals, Background Vocals
D. Woods Vocals
Mike Winans Vocals
Stacy Lamont Sydnor Percussion
Technical Credits
Betty Wright Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Curt Smith Composer
Katreese Barnes Horn Arrangements
Sean "Puffy" Combs Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production, Vocal Producer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Patrice Holloway Composer
Shannon Jones Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Rob Lewis Arranger, Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Audio Production, Vocal Producer, String Conductor
Peter Mokran Vocal Mixing
Roland Orzabal Composer
Jerry Peters Composer
Mario Winans Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Vocal Producer, Instrumentation, Additional Music
Andrew Wright Engineer
Johnny Pate Composer
Jeff Lane Engineer
K-Def Audio Production
Havoc Producer, Audio Production
Timbaland Producer
Kevin Crouse Engineer
Chris Athens Mastering
Ethan Farmer Arranger
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Pharrell Williams Composer
Jack Knight Composer, Vocal Arrangements
will.i.am Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
The Neptunes Producer
Shannon "Slam" Lawrence Composer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Kanye West Composer, Producer
Oscar Ramirez Engineer
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer
Fredrick "Toxic" Taylor Engineer
Will Adams Composer
Just Blaze Producer, Audio Production
J.D. Andrew Engineer
Brenda Davis Composer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
S.C. Producer
Rich Harrison Composer, Producer
Nicole Scherzinger Composer
Chris Carmouche Engineer
Pierre Medor Vocal Producer
Angela Hunte Composer
Keri Hilson Composer
Eric Wong Marketing
Padraic Kerin Engineer
Robert Gold Art Manager
Nasir "Nas" Jones Composer
Kejuan Muchita Composer
Andrew Geel Engineer, overdub engineer
Sean Garrett Composer, Vocal Producer
Patrick Fong Art Direction
Jon Spurgeon Engineer
Victor Abijaudi Engineer
Geno Sims Vocal Arrangements
Joel Pargman String Contractor
Daniel Mitchell Digital Editing
Jayceon Taylor Composer
Ryan Montgomery Composer
Kae Dee Producer, Engineer
Fr Composer
Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre Executive Producer
Jim Beanz Engineer, Vocal Producer
Devon Barber "Press" Engineer
Steve "Rock Star" Dickey Engineer
Christopher Gilbert "Fly" Engineer
Giz Engineer
Grind Music Producer
Michael Carlos Jones Vocal Arrangements
Pierre Jones Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Leroy Watson Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Kevin "Kev-O" Wilson Engineer
Shay Winans Composer
Mike Winans Composer, Vocal Producer
Terrence "Scar" Smith Composer
Stephen Garrett Composer
Andrew Wright Engineer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
David Brown Engineer
Marcella Araica Engineer
Rob Gold Art Manager
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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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