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No one says it better than Diddy himself--"Press Play is based on all my musical experiences - from the Uptown era, when I was working with Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, and Heavy D...to the Biggie, 112, Mase, Total, and No Way Out era. As time evolved, and I started traveling around the world and going into dance and techno clubs, I began to see music from a global point of view. It all came together on Press Play, all those sounds in my head. I've evolved, studied the game, been a part of it, had success. It all comes down to press play. After you press play, it's gonna make or break you in this game." A year in the making, Press Play finds Diddy joined by a who's who of contemporary artists and producers. Among the guest performers are: Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx, Big Boi, Brandi, Keyshia Cole, Nas, Fergie, Avant, and Pharoah Monch. Diddy was joined on the production side by the likes of Kanye West, Just Blaze, Pharrell Williams, Havoc from Mobb Deep, Will.I.Am, Rich Harrison, among others.

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Sean "Diddy" Combs has spent so many years as an entertainment/fashion mogul and tabloid celebrity, that it's easy to forget that he also makes music. Press Play, his first album since 2001's The Saga Continues, is a reminder that whether he's named Puff, Puffy, or Diddy, Combs has a keen sense of what makes a good pop/hip-hop song but that he's also a middling rapper. Listening to Diddy rap in the same monotone flow he's had for years--not to mention his anemic songwriting--is a distracting sonic drag on an otherwise fluidly produced album. There are some excellent tracks, however. Mobb Deep deliver the dark and sinister "The Future" while Rich Harrison knocks out another vigorous workout of a beat for "Making It Hard." The best songs like "Everything I Love" (featuring Nas and Cee-Lo) and the fast, frenetic "Wanna Move" (with Big Boi, Ciara, and Scar) allow Diddy to play a secondary role rather than the main attraction. He's still a savvy mind behind the scenes, but there's not much gained in putting him in front of the mic. --Oliver Wang


1. Testimonial (Intro)
2. We Gon' Make It
3. I Am (Interlude)
4. The Future
5. Hold Up
6. Come To Me
7. Tell Me
8. Wanna Move
9. Diddy Rock
10. Claim My Place (Interlude)
11. Everything I Love
12. Special Feeling
13. Crazy Thang (Interlude)
14. After Love
15. Through The Pain (She Told Me)
16. Thought You Said
17. Last Night
18. Making It Hard
19. Partners For Life

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • ASIN: B000GPI2EA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rupert on June 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Let's be honest: was anyone really checking for a new Diddy album? We all know that he was never really the best lyricist, but he still shined when he wanted to ("Diddy", "It's All About the Benjamins"). But his latest album Press Play will have you doing everything BUT that.

Now, Diddy has been known for bringing a slew of guest stars on his albums, especially since his first and third releases credit some variation of "and the family". At first glance, it appears that he is trying to roll for dolo this time around (although that didn't work on Forever), but in actuality, this album is also littered with guest stars, and their performances really aren't that great. And as far as the Bad Boy influence, I can conversely compare this release to posthumous Biggie releases: Biggie was paired with artists he'd probably never work with if he were alive, while here, you'll find people that normally wouldn't be paired with Diddy, like Nas ("Everything I Love") and Big Boi ("Wanna Move").

There are a few tolerable tracks like "After Love" and the necessary song with Mary J. Blige on the hook, "Making It Hard". The best songs, though, would have to be "Come to Me" (with Nicole Scherzinger -- I don't know WHY I like that song so much) and the latest single, "Last Night" featuring Keyshia Cole (but it should really say Keyshia Cole featuring Diddy because Diddy is only on the chorus). But other singers seem to make bad songs even worse, like Brandy ("Thought You Said") and, unsurprisingly, Mario Winans ("Through the Pain"). And if 2006 wasn't such a bad year for collabos, the Christina Aguilera-assisted "Tell Me" would have easily been in the running for my most hated collaborations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Enriq Ougo on October 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I admit had Diddy released this album with just himself rapping or musing I would never have purchased it(even with the top producers crafting the beats) yet the guest star talent is what reels you in. And like a true business man Diddy knows how to get you in his domain then the album takes over. Its fresh, lyrically and musically diverse so the album feels so much bigger than the 15 or 16 full tracks on it. From the Ciara Big boi collab, to the Nas, to the Christina Aguilera to Keyshia Cole theres so much to enjoy. I'm not saying the album is classic but I feel that it is the best hip pop cd to come out this year. I think fans of this genre won't be disappointed
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. L Matlock on March 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's no secret that Sean Combs (I call him that because I'm so tired of his nickname changes that I won't call him any of them) is a man who has only been passionate about fame and fortune since he's been in the music industry. He doesn't care about creating music as an art. Instead, he wants big record sales. Thus, he and his "proteges" play the Britney Spears game: crafty production = catchy music = audiences being duped into purchasing music by pathetic excuses for artists. Combs raps in the same unemotional manner as usual with the same mind-numbing lyrics that we've come to expect from him. He covers this up as well as he can with slick production and a slew of guest artists who are far more talented than he is (except maybe Ciara...don't even get me started on that girl). I'm sure the artists are content sacrificing their dignity to appear on his album, as he probably wrote them huge checks, and they want priority treatment at all his over-the-top parties.

The music industry is in a sad state right now. People are just accepting the music thrown at them if it's well-produced. We need to question what music we are hearing and supporting to make sure that the artist is actually adding something meaningful to the industry. If you want hip-hop music by intelligent artists who DESERVE our support, check out Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott, Nas, and Kanye West.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bill Lumbergh on March 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Don't press play with this CD in your stereo. In fact, don't even think of buying this CD. Sean-John-Puff-Puffy-Daddy-Diddy-can't keep a proper nickname to save his life-Combs is best known for exploiting hip-hop and making it become something that is what it was not intended to be. And he does it again with this waste of silicone. You have what your average mainstream rap disc has: lyrics that make no sense, stolen beats, and the lack of thought. Just like his previous works!

Boycott this garbage and everything else he has done, whether it's Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Sean Combs, whatever! It's all trash! Go for A Tribe Called Quest or Wu-Tang Clan if you want quality rap.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nuisance on July 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There is not much you can say about Diddy. When he isnt killing the memory of Biggie with bad posthumous albums, he's killing hip hop with his own bad albums. How did he get a pass you say? Simple. He was rolling with Biggie who New York was feeling at that time. Im not going to spend time talking about how stupid that is to like somebody because you love the person he's rolling with. Instead Diddy will prove how wack he is for me. Examples:/I can feel your heart beating/I can hear you breathing/ look into your eyes/trying to see into your mind/ see into your soul/(creepy as it is confusing)/ No doubt with the stallion/ somethin italian/ or maybe Puerto Rican you can catch me in Paris/(YAWN)/Im in it to win it but willin to carry the game/ if you think Im not just look at the carats/(SNORE)/I run through sets/ come through sets/ chick hypnotized by my 1,2 steps/Im way to fresh/ so complex/n***** try to predict what Im gonna do next(that remains to be seen)/ Let me get an order/ got somethin for ya/ you ever seen a black man walk on water/(but wait it gets worse!)/ here we go again makin that beat go bump bump bump bump/ Still spending money aint nothin changed man/ spend a couple mill just to make my change rang/(HUH?)/ When it comes to my foes they disturb me/but its love like tennis/(what the???). You get the drift. Puffy should not be within a thousand mile radius of a microphone. I heard the talk that Talib Kweli and Pharoahe Monch were writting Puffy's rhymes on this album and if that's true then they need to step their ghostwriting game up because I heard nothing that stood out about his rhymes. Add that to the fact that Puffy has the personality of a ladybug and his delivery is about as exciting as watching the spin cycle at a laundromat.Read more ›
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Prince/ new wave influence
i absolutely love that minneapolis sound. i love vanity 6, apolonia 6, andre cymone, etc so yeah i'm all for the younger artists being influenced. last night and special feeling by diddy are the bomb! i love new wave and electro!!
Nov 8, 2006 by Rocketbaby |  See all 3 posts
i can't wait for the single "tell me"
Just got the single myself. It is all that. Isn't it one of the songs that Danity Kane was singing on Making the Band 3? I know I remember that first part Christina sings from somewhere.
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