Today: Jun 16, 2024

Album Review: Diddy-Dirty Money, Last Train to Paris

1. “Intro”  – Diddy is attempting to captivate the listener with his words in this stretched out intro that really is unnecessary. 0/5.
2. “Yeah Yeah You Would” (featuring Grace Jones) – Hype and fun track but it just does not make me confident that this album will be more than the trash I expected it to be. The chorus doesn’t catch my attention for more than just the first time I heard it. Diddy needs to recognize that he is not a rapper or a singer. His ghost-writers aren’t even trying. 2/5.
3. “I Hate That You Love Me” – The beat is obnoxious. The hook is atrocious and repetitive. I have no idea why Diddy decided to have these two tracks start the album. Maybe he kept the worse for first? 1/5.
4. “Ass on the Floor” (featuring Swizz Beatz) – This song bumps immediately. The drums have a certain affect on me that makes this song difficult to skip. Swizz Beatz plays the annoying hype-man once again, but once Dirty Money’s Dawn and Kalenna take the spotlight, the turnout is quite surprising. Diddy’s verse is mediocre at best but does what it’s meant to do, which is to just build up the song for the next chorus for his two female singers. 3/5
5. “Looking for Love” (featuring Usher) – The combination of Usher and Diddy is a recipe for a big single and this proves me correct. It seems like these two cook up some sort of magic when in the lab together. Diddy’s verses are good enough but when Usher comes in, the song goes to a whole other level. This is one for the clubs, this is one to grab your girl/guy, steal the floor and put on a show. The chorus is perfect for this kind of track. The beat will push your speakers so make sure they can handle the drums on this one before pressing play. 4/5.
6. “Someone to Love Me” – Diddy samples The Sweet Inspirations here as he raps three verses that are actually not bad. His flow is dull and he doesn’t have the best structure in terms of lyrical ability but the song is decent. It took me a while to appreciate this track but now, it’s personally one of the most enjoyable songs on the album. The instrumental is hypnotic. 3/5
7. “Hate You Now” – This here has an electric feel to the track with snares that sound like a horse’s hoof hitting the ground. Diddy is definitely bringing a new sound with this whole album so far but it is still not quite there to make this record one that is worth remembering for long. The songwriting is abysmal in this song. 2/5.
8. “Yesterday” (featuring Chris Brown) – Is this song Chris Brown’s or Dirty Money’s? I can’t tell, but Brown delivers the goods here and comes through to deliver a strong track for the album. Diddy raps a couple verses here that are short and simple like all his other verses. The song doesn’t pick up much but it’s still solid overall. A nice listen. 3/5.
9. “Shades” (featuring Justin Timberlake, Bilal, Lil Wayne, James Fauntleroy) – Lil’ Wayne provides a verse that sounds more like slam poetry than rapping and it sounds awful. There is a weak chorus effect on his voice in an attempt to make the listener feel like they’re caught in a warp hole as Lil’ Wayne plays co-pilot. The song continues with slow drums as Diddy keeps it smooth with an attempt at singing, and surprisingly it does not sound bad for someone who is not known to sing. The song builds up slowly to a chorus that makes this song listenable up until Justin Timberlake shows up and fails miserably at his Drake impression. He delivers one of the worse verses on the album with weak punch lines that made me cringe. 2/5.
10. Angels” (featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Rick Ross) – C’mon Puff! Rick Ross and Biggie on the same track!? Are you trying to gas up Ross by throwing him on this with a legend? The beat samples Jay-Z’s classic “Where I’m From.”
11. “Your Love” (featuring Trey Songz) – This is the sound Diddy should stick to as he delivers another certified banger officially released to radio. Smartly, he let guest Trey Songz take over here as he provides the predominant vocals. Trey Songz shines here in a song that is sexy, provocative and enticing. The hook is wonderfully crafted with a rich layering pattern that sounds full and rightfully executed. Oh yeah, Diddy stop rapping, my friend. 4/5.
12. “Strobe Lights” (featuring Lil Wayne) – Word of advice: Putting Lil’ Wayne twice on your album is an obvious sign that you don’t feel your record is strong enough to hold on its own. Lil’ Wayne ad-libs for the rest of the song after his first verse and after you get past Diddy’s terrible singing, the song becomes tolerable. But that isn’t a great thing necessarily. 2/5.
13. Hello Good Morning” (featuring T.I.) – I mentioned “Looking for Love” as a song that will blow your speakers but this one will make you deaf if played on full blast. The thing is, this song should be played that high but with this track being out months before the album, this song is played out and becomes a skip over after a couple of plays. The remix was much better but it is nowhere to be found as a bonus track anywhere. 3/5.
14. “Last Night, p2.” – I am not a fan of remaking classic songs and this reminds me why. The beat is weak in comparison to the original “Last Night” track with Keyshia Cole. Diddy tries to show off his vocal skills but sounds dead here as he counts on Dawn and Kaleena to pick him up to make this song worth at least one listen. 2/5.
15. “I Know” (featuring Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa & Seven (of Richgirl) – One of the strongest cuts on the album and Chris Brown here steals the show and makes this song his. Wiz Khalifa holds his own here but is merely a complement to Brown. At this point, I’m skipping over Diddy and getting to the good stuff. The combination of Brown and Seven on the hook is the perfect balance as it sounds as if they are almost singing to each other to make the song’s topic that much more convincing. It’s a shame Brown ruined his career before it truly blew up because he reminds everyone of his talent song in and song out but he will never be looked at the same because of his tactics two years ago. 4/5.
16. Loving You No More” (featuring Drake) – The radio has gobbled this song up and so will the ladies but Drake is sounding the same on every song nowadays and it does nothing for me on this album. 2/5.
17. “Change” – The song sounds very “pop” in the beginning and what I believe to be Diddy (or a cat being swung by its tail) croons to a woman he is trying to win over once again. If someone else replaced Diddy, we would have an excellent song here but unfortunately, another failed performance means this song gets put on the back burner.
18. Coming Home” (featuring Skylar Grey) – I heard the demo version of this song that featured J. Cole spitting a couple verses to this beat ,but when this version came out, I was greatly disappointed. The verses Diddy raps here were written by Jay-Z and just falter at captivating any kind of emotion. Diddy sounds like he forced himself to sound like he gave a rat’s ass about the track’s subject matter. The chorus is beautiful as Skyler Grey, who is becoming the go-to singer along with producer Alex Da Kidd for a hit record, is flawless. The only reason this song gets more than two owls is because of her. 3/5.

Overall: 2 out of 5 Owls.

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