The Score: Diddy/Dirty Money, "Last Train To Paris"

Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010 2:05PM

Written by Jesse Prince

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The group collectively known as Dirty Money (featuring hip-hop mogul P. Diddy alongside singers Dawn Richards and Kalenna) railroad their debut LP, Last Train to Paris into stores today.

With this album, Diddy had much to prove to the naysayers.

People chuckled when Diddy announced that his next project would be a concept album about a tempestuous relationship played out on Europe's international rail system. They laughed when he declared that his ambitions were so vast, no existing genre could hold him. "I'm ushering in a new movement called 'train music, the hip-hop mogul boasted in one press release. That was in February 2009, and the snickers only got louder each time he subsequently pushed back the disc's release date. Now Last Train to Paris is finally pulling into the station, and here's the funniest thing about it: Diddy has followed through on every crazy promise and then some, resulting in his best work in years. (Entertainment Weekly)

Diddy-Dirty Money got allowed several well-known passengers to get on board for this venture.

1. "Intro" 2. "Yeah Yeah You Would" (featuring Grace Jones) 3. "I Hate That You Love Me" 4. "Ass On the Floor" (featuring Swizz Beatz) 5. "Looking for Love" (featuring Usher) 6. "Someone to Love Me" 7. "Hate You Now" 8. "Yesterday" (featuring Chris Brown) 9. "Shades" (featuring Justin Timberlake, Bilal, Lil Wayne, James Fauntleroy) 10. "Angels" (featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Rick Ross) 11. "Your Love" (featuring Trey Songz) 12. "Strobe Lights" (featuring Lil Wayne) 13. "Hello Good Morning" (featuring T.I.) 14. "I Know" (featuring Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa & Seven (of Richgirl) 15. "Coming Home"" (featuring Skylar Grey) 16. "Loving You No More" (featuring Drake) (411mania.com)

Dirty Money also bestowed hip-hop's popular beatsmiths the opportunity to be Train conductors.

Expect production credits on the album to include Danja, Polow Da Don, Sean Garrett, Tricky Stewart, The Dream, Swizz Beats, Rodney Jerkins, D'Mile and Mario Winans. (ThatGrapeJuice)

Recently Dirty Money's Kalenna expressed her enthusiasm to SOHH over the project.

The next biggest reason is because it's fresh and dope and has banging features on there. I know a lot of people love the artists that are on the album. Picking up this album will be a good way for you to hear your favorite artists doing something different with somebody that's really dope. That's another reason why you should go and get the album, which is to see how different the features are done and listen to how much out of their element they are. We're not gonna tell you what our favorite collaboration is but you will be able to see once you pick up the album, because it has one of our biggest icons on there. When people go out and buy the album, they'll see this feature is a really big deal to us and I think nobody has had this kind of collaboration. So expect to hear Dirty Money doing the biggest and best stuff on here with these features. (5 Reasons Why You Should Buy My ...)

While most critics enjoyed joining Diddy's voyage, some reviewers wished Last Train to Paris would've taken a detour.

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! (iamboigenius)

What brings this album down is the cliched format of some of the material on offer; the Usher featured 'Looking For Love' is meshed of a dire Diddy rap and a simplistic beat whilst the soulful 'Something To Love' is the rap mogul's only solo offering, which lacks without the Dirty Money singers to back him up. But Diddy has only ever had his eye on making hits and this is something he does with ease. (SoulCulture)

To purchase Last Train To Paris, just click here.

Preview music from the album below:

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