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Triple P
     

Triple P

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by Platinum Pied Pipers
 

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The funny thing about Platinum Pied Pipers is that they're neither platinum nor much like the self-proclaimed pied piper of R&B, R. Kelly. They're underground, no larger than life, yet wholly contemporary -- a pair of Detroit producers who introduced their way of doing things with interpretations of

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The funny thing about Platinum Pied Pipers is that they're neither platinum nor much like the self-proclaimed pied piper of R&B, R. Kelly. They're underground, no larger than life, yet wholly contemporary -- a pair of Detroit producers who introduced their way of doing things with interpretations of Burt Bacharach's pop staple "The Look of Love" (sounding more like a Cameo tape after being rescued from a puddle) and Faze-O's rare-groove classic "Riding High" (relatively straightforward, as easy as a summer afternoon spent in the back seat of a convertible). These and other cuts appeared on Ubiquity's Rewind! series of compilations. They built up a lot of promise, all of which is fulfilled on the duo's first album. Slum Village vet Waajeed and Barrett Strong protégé Saadiq conduct Triple P Quincy Jones-style, appearing on the cover while otherwise remaining in the background. With help from a handful of MCs and vocalists, the producers/musicians cook up a varied array of hybridized backdrops that update 30 years of soul, hip-hop, and crossover jazz. Three songs featuring the honey-voiced Tiombe Lockhart are among the top highlights; "I Got You" is the best of that lot, with Lockhart, horns, organ, electric piano, and guitar slinking and winding around one of Waajeed's crisply snapping beats. A collaboration with the Sa-Ra crew, "Deep Inside," is wonderfully freaky, a rugged stomp and a smooth glide at once. Out of the MC-led tracks, which tend to be outshined by the ones featuring vocalists, Invincible's "Detroit Winter" stands out most: "Detroit in the winter, the cold is a poison that lingers/A point for beginners: to hold on, avoiding the shivers/You either bundle up or burn rubber/But if you can't take the winter, you don't deserve summer." Many tails can be chased drawing easy parallels to the past, but the only obvious references on this album to the good old days of soul music are some crowd chatter -- likely a nod to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and "Got to Give It Up" -- and a whole lot of spirit.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
Label:
Ubiquity
UPC:
0780661116820
catalogNumber:
11168
Rank:
191057

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Performance Credits

Platinum Pied Pipers   Primary Artist
Om'Mas Keith   Flute,Vocals
Shafiq Husayn   Vocals,Juno
Taz Arnold   Vocals,SH-101
Irisna Gayle   Background Vocals
Tiombe Lockhart   Track Performer
Georgia   Track Performer
Zeno   Track Performer
Ta'Raach   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Paul Simon   Composer
Derf Reklaw-Raheem   Copy
Jay Dee   Composer
Om'Mas Keith   Composer
Mystro   Arranger,Producer,Copy
Mark de Clive-Lowe   Producer
Invincible   Composer
Steve Spacek   Composer
Platinum Pied Pipers   Composer
Shafiq Husayn   Composer
Saadiq   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Copy
Waajeed   Arranger,Producer,Cut
Eric Crandell   Art Direction
Vernon D. Hill   Arranger,Copy
Taz Arnold   Composer
Georgia Anne Muldrow   Composer
Tiombe Lockhart   Composer
Neco Redd   Composer
Ta'Raach   Composer
Zo!   Copy
Sa-Ra Creative Partners   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer

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