Press Play

 
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Diddy succeeds with some help from his Rolodex.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

All over the map: Sexually predatory on some tracks, family-man sweetness on others.

Violence

Some violent imagery: "Tell me who shot Big … take the bullets out of 2Pac's ribs" on "We Gon' Make It."

Sex

Lyrics get quite sexual on songs like "Special Feeling": "You will feel the passion when I'm smashin' you/climaxin' the thrill is everlasting."

Language

Every four-letter word you can think of.

Consumerism

Several products are mentioned in the lyrics and advertised in CD inserts.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few references to drinking and getting high.

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.

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Music details

Artist:Diddy
Release date:October 3, 2006
Label:Bad Boy Entertainment
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 13 years old Written byivanflores15 April 9, 2008
 

I loved it !!

NO BAD LYRICS VERY GOOD EVEN FOR MY AGE.
Teen, 15 years old Written bygemini4037314 April 9, 2008
 
Adult Written byMr. Strong April 9, 2008
 

Love it!

Both me & my son love this album!

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