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  • Summary: The artist currently known as Diddy's first release in five years features production by will.i.am, Pharrell, Just Blaze and Kanye West, with a huge roster of contributors including Christina Aguilera, Brandy, Jamie Foxx, Big Boi, Nas, Mary J. Blige, and Fergie.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. All told, the number of memorable hooks on display here is surprising.
  2. Press Play has something for most everyone: street raps, club jams, glossy R&B.
  3. It's when Diddy adopts the role he's really good at, the executive producer - bringing together and overseeing the real talent - for the closing stages, that "Press Play" moves from being another chaotic and bloated stab at a rap career to being something approaching a great album.
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    An album that begins as a me-against-the-world celebration of self ends as a somber plea for emotional wholeness. [Dec 2006, p.173]
  5. You could argue the all-star assemblage of "Press Play" - Diddy's first solo set in half a decade - would have been even stronger without the auteur's direct involvement, and certainly without his pedestrian rhymes about love and life.
  6. Diddy still doesn't have an original bone in his body or a fresh idea in his head, and he relies on his previously successful formulas... but damn if it doesn't actually work.
  7. This is a garish, puzzling album, and it isn’t the sort of CD people pick up when they want to explain what’s great about hip-hop. [12 Oct 2006]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 12 out of 26
  1. lucap
    Oct 24, 2006
    10
    No comment, this is one of the most beautiful cd work in the last century to make people dance and scream.The king of the king is back,only No comment, this is one of the most beautiful cd work in the last century to make people dance and scream.The king of the king is back,only one name, DIDDY. Expand
  2. Jay-ZT
    Oct 18, 2006
    10
    The Best Album Since Late Registration...People Like Todd W shouldn't listen to this music because he simply doesn't catch The Best Album Since Late Registration...People Like Todd W shouldn't listen to this music because he simply doesn't catch it..goodbye sucker....let me knoe when Your Masterpiece will come out Expand
  3. YoungSilance
    Oct 23, 2006
    9
    This is a very musical and HIP HOP album...its like a love story, Im proud of Diddy on this one...he had some great writers and a lot of This is a very musical and HIP HOP album...its like a love story, Im proud of Diddy on this one...he had some great writers and a lot of these songs made the beat better...tite ass hooks and great collaboes...THE KEISHA COLE JOINT IS CRAZY!!!!!and the Nas/Ceelo joint is a banger...niggaz hatin cause its diddy...but at leat this negga makin real music... Expand
  4. VL
    Oct 21, 2006
    4
    ain't hip-hop no more
  5. RobT
    Oct 18, 2006
    2
    You know something is up when a musician needs a larger supporting cast then there are letters in the alphabet. The record is tolerable after You know something is up when a musician needs a larger supporting cast then there are letters in the alphabet. The record is tolerable after a few bottles of Kristal. The only thing Diddy has in common with Jay Z is a large bank account. Money can't buy talent. Expand
  6. Tiffany
    Oct 23, 2006
    1
    Pretty bad
  7. GLC
    Oct 16, 2006
    0
    Oh... HELL no!

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