Last Train To Paris is the forthcoming album by Dirty Money. Dirty Money is a trio consisting of Hip-Hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard, and singer/songwriter Kalenna Harper. The album hit stores on December 14th; pre-order your copy on iTunes.
The album’s concept is centered around Diddy and his venture from London to Paris searching for his dream girl. Once he finds her, the continuously break-up to make-up. Diddy describes the emotion-filled album as an “electro-hip-hop-soul funk” album.
Last Train To Paris engines start with Diddy speaking over an interesting elctro-type production. â€œLove is a motherfuckerâ€, Diddy describes on the Guy Gerber-produced opening track.
The train smoothly flows into the Danja-produced “Yeah Yeah You Would.” Grace Jones is credited as a featured artist, but I only hear Dawn’s voice on the uptempo track. Swizzy provides the intro.
“I Hate You Love Me” is a piano-driven melancholy song. The title clearly explains the concept behind the lyrics. Dawn and Kaleena sound lovely over the Darkchild production. I could walk away but see your love is my weakness.â€
Swizz Beatz produced a masterpiece with the club banger “Ass On The Floor.” The complicated production with the repetitive adlibs and soft vocals make this track a favorite of mine. “When you in the club get your ass on the floor! Them haters can’t tell me nothing!”
Dirty Money’s train slows down so Usher can hop on “Looking For Love.” This track leaked a couple months ago, and Usher was beyond exited about creating it. Usher and Down Jones Comb find themselves looking for love in the snaring J Lack-produced track.
Realizing he needs someone to love him, Diddy coasts into “Someone To Love Me.” Diddy delivers simple rhymes over a vintage Hip-Hop production. The effort is apparent, but Iâ€™m not feeling this Jerry Duplessis â€“ produced track.
After finding love, Puffy starts hating the chick on “Hate You Now“: “You a motherfucking bitch to me, you just let me bleed.” The electro-funk knocking production doesn’t blend with the vocals well.
Chris Brown hops on the train to Paris for “Yesterday.” Evidently, Chris’s verses are actually the chorus of the song. Diddy’ horrible dialogue verses tarnish this gem, but it’s still a great track. I’m hoping Chris takes the initiative to make this a full-length song. “Yesterday I fell in love, Today feels like my funeral.”
Being that it’s the last train to Paris, a lot of featured artists hopped on “Shades.” Lil Wayne recite Diddy’s feelings at this point of the album: “she must be the one, I look in her eyes and see the sun even on rainy days, ain’t it crazy man?” Justin Timberlake, Bilal and James Fauntleroy all create unique contributions to the song with their arrangement and lyrics.
Next stop is “Angels.” The auto-tuned filled ballad features Biggie Smalls and Rick Ross. While listening, I constantly referred back to the credits to make sure Kanye West wasn’t listed as a feature. The Rob Holladay-produced track samples the instrumentation of Fat Joe’s “Bad Bad Man.” The verse used for Biggie is from his song “My Downfall.”
Diddy completely ruined this risque duet featuring Trey Songz and Dawn. He definitely should have set his ego aside and sat out for “Your Love.” I’mma put it in yo face boy, as soon as you wake up. I know you wanna hit it, want me to be your lil slut.” *Wipes sweat* “come a little closer you can get it… let your tongue walk on this pussy!” *Faints* Dawn borrowed those lyrics from her friend Keri Hilson (“The Way You F*ck Me”). Awesome Jones produced this track.
If “Strobe Lights“made a sound, this would be the sound associated with them. That isn’t necessarily a good thing. Lil Wayne boards the train once again, and Diddy turns the auto-tune tool up all the way. *Yawns*
“Hello…Good Morning!” My JAM! Everytime I hear this song, I always reminisce on that outstanding BET Awards performance. Hats off to you Danja for producing this masterpiece.
Chris Brown regroups and bring along Wiz Khalifa and Seven of Rich Girl. “I Know“ is a knocking mid-tempo track with somber lyrics: “I know I fucked up, baby I need you.” This is a great Pop ballad.
Dirty Money recruits Skylar Grey for â€œComing Homeâ€. Alex Da Kid and Jay-Z are credited for the production, and surprisingly I donâ€™t like it. It sounds like someone is dribbling a basketball on a court in some parts. I was hoping Diddy would get J. Cole on this track but whatever.
The train comes to a stop with â€œLoving You No Moreâ€. The production features numerous percussions and a continuous piano medley. Aubrey â€œDrakeâ€ Graham assists Dirty Money with halting the train.
There’s no argument that Diddy lacks the rapping capabilities of a Nas, Lupe, or 50 Tyson Cent, so it would be pointless for me to rant about that during this synopsis. Honestly, I had no intentions on ever listening to this album as a whole. I thought I heard or would hear all the songs featured on the album from Diddy’s effective promoting. Luckily, I had a change of heart and listened to the album. The album is like an hour-long extension of “Last Night,” Diddy’s ’07 hit featuring Keyshia Cole. The funky production behind an urban delivery enunciates a new step the urban-music market should adhere to. Collectively the sound of Last Train To Paris is eclectic and is just as Diddy described it: an “electro-hip-hop-soul funk” album. Diddy’s strive to rap on every track pissed me off, but it doesn’t hinder the album that much. Dirty Money would be so much greater with a real rapper and more singing from Dawn and Kaleena. Setting aside those gripes, Last Train To Paris is a hot album!
Standout Tracks: “Ass On The Floor,” “Looking For Love,” “Your Love,” “Hello… Good Morning!”, “I Know,” “Coming Home” and “Loving You No More.”
Genius Report B+