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"I feel safe in white because, deep down inside, I'm an angel." - P-Diddy



Good hip-hop producers create hot beats, beats you can dance to, rhyme over, remember.

Great hip-hop producers, however, create a sound. They have a point of view.

If you didn't know that before, you will definitely know that now, once you catch any of the fourteen tracks that make up Press Play, Diddy's dazzling new Bad Boy/Atlantic Records release. As Diddy and guest stars Ciara and Big Boi intone on "Wanna Move", it's a CD that will "get you high on music" while you "enjoy the vibe."

And it's a new vibe, indeed. Combining all the artistic influences that have defined him as a hip-hop fan, artist and producer over the years, Diddy has done something artists always tell you they intend to do, but rarely actually accomplish: He's taken it to the next level, creating a sound that might best be described as New Wave-meets-Hip-hop, sexy electro-pop with a urban street beat. Like hip-hop has always been, it's a riveting mix of the new and the old. But Diddy does something with the music cutting edge of musical forms; it's sounds like nothing you've ever heard before, massaging the ear as passionately as it shakes the ass.

It's been five years since The Saga Continues.And the saga is indeed continuing. In the five years since that last release, Diddy has upped his moguldom to unprecedented levels, adding fragrance producer, Broadway actor, marathon runner, and television producer to his growing list of accomplishments. It would be easy for the man to rest on his laurels, to release a CD that plays on the same Diddy template that made him a global superstar. He's taken his years of experience and created a sonic experience that breaks new ground while it sustains the Diddy mystique.

"I originally started producing records 'cause I wanted to make people dance," he says. "And I've been quietly working on this for the last two years, taking everything I've learned over the years, from growing up in the 70s, to being out in the streets in the 80s listening to hip-hop and watching how it affected my culture, to the 90s, working with Uptown and Bad Boy. Add to that all the experience I've had traveling and being exposed to all kinds of sounds, it was time to rekindle the thing I loved. I've achieved a great deal of success, but music is my passion."

On it's surface, Press Play is a love story, a sly romantic tale of two people who meet, seduce each other, fall in love, and then experience the inevitable pain of that love breaking. But underneath that, Press Play is the tale of a dreamer, a helpless romantic who's balancing the dream-state of his passions with the passions of his dreams coming true. In other words, what happens when you have access to everything you ever wanted and yet you still want to grow? In it's wide-reaching breadth of sounds and moods, deep in the sexy staccato of the keyboards and the snare of the blaring horns that heighten the grooves, you can hear the sound of a man on a mission to create something new.

Which is why Press Play might be the best possible name of Diddy's new CD. Because what happens when you "press play"? Not only are you kicking in the beat, getting the party started-whether it's in your basement or your SUV or your iPod-but you're also refreshing the sound, starting from scratch, opening up new possibilities, allowing a man to fully express himself. And that's part of Diddy's aim this time around.

The tracks on Press Play span the realm of Diddy expressing himself. There a clutch of straight-up party records, like the sensuous single "Come to Me" and "I Am", which comes on like gangbusters, like the hottest soundtrack from the greatest blaxploitation hit never made. But some other tracks might surprise people with both the level of vulnerability and depth Diddy brings to his lyrical ruminations and the fiercely nuanced creativity of the sonic landscape. Check out "Makin' It Hard," featuring Mary J. Blige, which is nothing less than a beautifully percussive hip-hop version of the Blues. "Diddy Rock," featuring Timbaland, mixes deep house cheekiness with a hip-hop sensibility, creating a vibe that transcends both, sounding like it's of the 80s yet not from the 80s. "The Future" is almost a political statement, detailing aspects of what Diddy calls the "Afro-American dream" that's as uplifting and powerful as it is dazzlingly danceable. These are the themes currently close to the heart of a brotha who's "black, rich and dangerous" and yet still wants to make an impact and create a moment with the rhythms and rhymes that he sends out into the world like his children. "Special Feeling" is the best Prince track Prince hasn't made in years, a horny, corny slice of wry the percolates with jazzy freshness. "Thought You Said," featuring a guest vocal by Brandy, plays like Coldplay or David Gray lost in a hip-hop funhouse of sorts.

Sounds like nothing you've ever heard of, right? Sounds like an impressively broad-based mélange, right? Something you need to experience? It is.

Mainly because Diddy is a man who grabs big chunks of life to create his own experiences, who yearns to share that experience with a world that, frankly, hasn't seen a great many Diddys in it's midst. "The best thing I could have done," he says, "was to step away for a while. While I was away from making music, I was able to fall in love with a lot of other genres of music but still love hip-hop. What I'm bringing this time is a level of experience. The resume speaks for itself, but sometimes I think people actually forget that I've worked with everyone, from Sting to Aretha Franklin to Mariah Carey to Barry White to Ice Cube to Biggie to Snoop to Jay -Z. I got something outta that, it's not just poppin' shit. Imagine getting to work with all those incredible people, imagine touring all over the world. You gotta take something away from those experiences. I hang out in Harlem, I chill below 14th Street. I go to hip-hop clubs, techno clubs. All that is gonna go into you and if you're not producing music at that time it's living inside you, so when I decided to get back behind the board and produce a new record, it all felt fresh, it felt new, it felt exciting."

Ultimately, says Diddy, Press Play is inspired by the movements of bodies in dark after-hours spots all over the world, those sexual, sensual places where the music is the beat but the vulnerability of meeting someone new and dancing with them for the first time offers up all kinds of possibilities. He knows how that sounds, that some folks might think he's going soft in his later days. But a brotha like Diddy's not concerned. "Hip-hop," he admits, "is so macho that it's rare someone says they're gonna embrace the sensual side of the music or the romantic side or the provocative side; being completely vulnerable. But I'm embracing that and how it can be aggressive but it's almost romantic. That's life. And that's love. And Press Play reflects all that." He adds, "It's the perfect fusion of sophistication and gutter and that's who I am. We can do a waltz or I can smack the shit out of you. That's just real talk. I can make love to you or we can go into some S&M."

As long as it all makes you want to move. "You know how you feel when one of my records come on," Diddy declares. "You feel like you don't even need to know the latest dance, the record will just make you move to it. And you don't wanna dance by yourself either, you wanna move with a young lady or a guy, feel that vibe. You know what I'm sayin?"

We sure do. We most certainly do. Just Press Play.
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meemee

Hi: Sean ijust wanted to say that i pray that you and kim will get back together . no matter what the cicumstances maybe . if it's the lord's will then it will happen.also happy Birthday. if it possible with your busy schedule.you can send me a email . if not now , then my birthday is dec 7 .what a great supriseit would be freda

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sean, now, doo you really like that vodka you put here for all your supporters to start drinking or are you just trying to keep up with the JONES(S)? wanting a answer, CHACHA

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P Diddy is the coolest guy that I met in the longest time. Back in the day in San Diego at the Hyatt Regency the year they had the GMB Distribution Seminar, I guess it was in 1999 when TLC also gave their After party for the last album they released, me and P danced awhile. I hung out with Chilly from TLC most of the evening. She introduced me to DJ quick, Naughty by nature,Kenny G, along with a few others. Diddy who was then Puff Daddy, invited our label Rush Records to the seminar. He had fun too, he got to see an old school mate he hadn't seen in a long time. P claimed to have had a crush on her back in the day. However, the lucky girl was going to school to be a doctor and her parents back then before he became Puff Daddy thought he wasn't good enough for their daughter and his comment was "How you think they would like me now?", with the cutest smile on his face. To tell you the truth I has getting kinda of bored until Puff got me on the floor, me and Chilly that is. Puff had heard from quite a few label members that I had some blessed vocals and writing skills, so he kept trying to get me to sing, I just told him I'm to old now, I rather be behind the scenes. I wish i knew how to contact him now, I got some great talented Kids and lil cousins who can rap and sing that I'm sure could make him more richer and more famous then he is already. My daughter been singing since age 3, she's now 17, my son now age 11, stage name Thizz Kid, has won many rapping and dancing contest in the California Bayarea however, we're Vallejoans, home of Confunksion and E40, also MacDRE. Be on the look out for The Crest Creepers, my nephew's Shaggedy group, coming from DRE'S Label Thizz Entertainment, a girl group called Candy Hill, their my Lil cousins, and they are currently being looked at by some big names and labels in showbizzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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Mr. Sean Combs, Before you through this away, pray about it...I need your help. I am losing everything i have worked for in life. I have information to support my dilema. It's hard to ask you what I am asking, but I pray that God touches your heart and let you know i am sincere. Please help me and my kids...In the name of Jesus. My no. is 318-388-2045. Thanks for listening. Monica

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SEAN COMBS,I have twin boys the age of 10 name ISAIAH and JEREMIAH,GOD has Bless them with powerful singingvoices,they sing a copella,sound like two old souls.Never had singing lesson.They first sang for our comunity and the people were blown away.one sing saprano and the other sing base, isn't that amazing.sooooo many people say thats hidden talent.My mom and aunts always get them to sing at family functions,but they charge{nothing under $5.00}LOLGetting started early hun.At home they sing for me to make me happy when i'm feeling down.right now their 12yr.old sister is their manager,teach them songs to sing.She said mommy please dont let this go to waste.My sister heard them sing for the very first time,she said their voice sound like music.The uncle is a under ground singer and song writerhe have worked around singers like LUTHER VANDROS,JOHNY GILL ect.when he heard his nephews sing he was "wow" blown away.He pulled me a side and said you have millionairs they sing from their gutsalredy,dont let any body tell you they need singing lessons. He also stated that the music industry would be a little to much for them now because their only 10.P.DIddy can you give me some advice comming fome a profesionl and all i would apreciate it or i can send you a dvd tape{first we have to make one}so you can hear for your self.email me and if your intrested i will give you my number.I live in Potomac,Maryland right outside of D.C.Thanks for your time.GOD BLESS,ALVA

7 years 2 months ago
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whats up sean, this is tomas stay loyal to the people one day one day you will sit with me and talk to the people!!

6 years 9 months ago
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DEAR MR. COMBS, MY NAME IS STEVEN DANIELS AND I'M YOUR NUMBER ONE FAN AND YOU MOTIVATE ME TO STRIVE FOR THE BEST....I'M IN THE MILITARY BUT TO GET TO THE POINT...I NOW YOU ARE A BUSY PERSON AND TIME IS MONEY SO HERE GOES.....THERE THIS GUY THAT I WORK WITH AND I MUST SAY I HATE TO SEE MY YOUNG BROTHERS TALENTS GOES TO WASTE....THIS GUY REALLY CAN SING...HE WALKS AROUND THE OFFICE ALWAYS SINGING THE OLD HITS OF YESTER YEARS CLASSIC HE REACH THE PITCH AND BROTHER HE MAKES YOU SAY ...DAMMMM. WELL I HAD TO BRING IT TO YOUR ATTENTION BECAUSE I HAVE REALISE YOU DO GIVE YOUNGER GENERATION A JUMP START IN LIFE AND I'M GREATFUL FOR THAT BUT IF YOU COULD JUST HEAR THIS GUY....HE'S THE ONE FOR YOU.....TRUST ME...AND IF YOU DONT THINK SO...THEN I'LL WASH ALL YOUR CARS FOR FREE.STEVEN DANIELSPHONE NUMBER 301-946-0304WASHINGTON DC.PLEASE...SEND A REPLY ....

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Dear Diddy, My name is Jackie. I just wanted to know how a person like me with child and married at 23 yrs old get into the music business. I can sing, but I can't write songs. Please help me out.

7 years 9 months ago
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Hi: Sean ijust wanted to say that i pray that you and kim get back together, because if it meant for the two of you to be together then god will make a way for it to happen no matter what the circimstances may be . know that it's allin god hand . also i love making the band and all of the moviesyou have been inand Happy Birthday . iam hoping that you actual get this . if so could i please get a email from you. my birthdayis dec 7 .it would be agreat suprise freda

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Eleanor Scales

Sean I would like to see you going out into the neigborhoods and helping our young men to realize that killing each other is not the way to go. Not only using guns but selling drugs to your own people. The young people respect you just think about it how many people could have gotten as many young people out to vote this was a first and I was so happy that they had found someone that they could trust And they will do it again if they knew you were standing up for them Martin Luther King was a great leader now his gone but he left other good leaders here to carry on. and I do believe you are one of those leaders. So Sean I am asking you to help save our young people .

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