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Diddy ”“ Dirty Money

Last Train to Paris
Bad Boy/Interscope
[Two stars]

Feb 11, 2011

Diddy’s new album is a Frankenstein of fragmented ambitions: a foray into Euro-funk sophistication, a gaudy pop-rap extravaganza (with guest vocalists including Justin Timberlake, Grace Jones, Drake and Marc Jacobs) and an R&B juggernaut (debuting his new female duo Dirty Money). At best, it’s like one of those White Parties Diddy throws in the Hamptons: Producers Swizz Beatz and Danja hand him lush electro hip-hop, and he wisely hands the vocal heavy lifting to other people. But clumsy attempts at Kanye-style self-analysis (“It’s easy to be Puff, but it’s harder to be Sean”) show that introspective hip-hop is one rap flavour Diddy can’t sample.

Key Tracks: ”˜Ass on the Floor,’ ”˜Yeah Yeah You Would’

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