What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this album contains some strong language (all the four-letter words) and sexual lyrics. It's also a project on which fine production and a generous assortment of special guests make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. For this reason, the edited version is better than most.
What's the story?
PRESS PLAY shines because of the artist's greatest strengths: exceptional production standards and liberal use of his celebrity-studded Rolodex. A-list contributors include Christina Aguilera, Big Boi, Ciara, Scar, Timbaland, Twista, Mario Winans, Mary J. Blige, and Jamie Foxx, and they elevate what might have been a monotonous project to genuine artistry.
Is it any good?
The most successful tracks are those on which Diddy takes a back seat to his guests: "Everything I Love" (featuring Nas and Cee-Lo) and "Wanna Move" (featuring Big Boi, Ciara, and Scar). The lyrics of a few songs are violent ("Tell me who shot Big ... take the bullets out of 2Pac's ribs" on "We Gon' Make It"); and there's liberal use of four-letter words and sexy innuendo ("you will feel the passion when I'm smashin' you/climaxin' the thrill is everlasting" on "Special Feeling"). But these are tempered with some genuinely sentimental lyrics ("After Love" and "Partners for Life" are two examples). Ultimately, Diddy's greatest strength turns out to be his producers' instinct for collaboration, causing the whole to be greater than the sum of its parts.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about Diddy's reputation as a media star as well as a rapper. What qualities do you think make some artists more appealing as "stars" than others, regardless of actual talent?