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Diddy Press Play (2006)


Only Diddy could get away with a project like this. He doesn't need talent; he buys it. Or more accurately, his talent is his taste, his ability to pick the right artists and find out where their talents are most ideally suited. And Press Play was perhaps one of his weirdest, most interesting releases for this reason. One moment, he's rapping the lyrics of Pharoahe Monch. The next he's spitting over a Rich Harrison retro-production alongside Mary J. Blige, or harmonizing with Keyshia Cole over a Mario Winans-produced Prince-style drum break.

There's a certain chutzpah required to get Brandy to sing over Drum N Bass, but he tends to, at the very least, trust the instincts of his collaborators for a record as curated as it is created.

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