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Collaborators outshine Dirty Money on new CD

On Dec. 13, 2010, producer Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and his group, Dirty Money, released their first studio album together.

The group—which includes Diddy, Dawn Richard, formerly of Danity Kane and singer/songwriter, Kaleena Harper—has been working together on this album since early 2009.

Dirty Money has released a total of six singles so far off of its new album,“Last Train to Paris.” The most successful single, “Hello, Good Morning” featuring Atlanta-based rapper T.I., peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other singles include “Angles” and “Coming Home”.

“Last Train To Paris” is filled with collaborations from the industry greats. Notable artists featured on the album include Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Usher and even Justin Timberlake.

“The CD is like an adventure. An adventure of love. I can actually put myself into the song, as if I’m riding on that train,” Dekoda Murphy, senior biology major, said.

The CD is a mix of rap and R&B. Diddy only produced one song on the album, “Angels.”

“The beats are sick; I love the instrumentals, but you can only expect so much from Diddy as a lyricist,” Courtney Linley, sophomore nursing major, said.

The beats are amazing, however, lackluster vocal effort by Diddy himself and Dawn and Kaleena make the album stale on many songs.

On the song “Shades,” featuring rap star Lil Wayne and singer Justin Timberlake, Diddy is outshined by a powerful verse written by Lil Wayne.

Two songs that stand out on “Last Train to Paris” are “Yesterday,” featuring R&B singer Chris Brown, and “Loving You No More,” featuring lyricist Drake.

“Yesterday” is made amazing by the strong and very meaningful words by Chris Brown. “Yesterday I fell in love/Today feels like my funeral/I just got hit by a bus/Should’ve been so beautiful/Don’t know why I gave my heart/ gave my trust, gave everything” is a part of the chorus of a song describing loving a girl who didn’t return the love.

“Loving You No More” can easily be one of the best songs on the CD thanks to a powerful chorus sang by Richards and Drake. The verse that Drake has on the song once again outshines the verses rapped by Diddy but not even Diddy could mess up this amazing song.

“I liked the album, but probably more so because of the collaborations. I didn’t really like the songs that were just Diddy and those girls,” Amber Jackson, freshman communications major, said.

At this time, the album “Last Train to Paris” has peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Charts and sold 101,000 copies.

The album overall is a good choice for listeners who love a good, alternative R&B album and something different. I give this album a seven out of 10, heavily due to the collaborations.

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