Good hip-hop producers create hot beats, beats you can dance to, rhyme over, remember.
Great hip-hop producers, however, create a sound. They have a point of view.
If you didnt know that before, you will definitely know that now, once you catch any of the fourteen tracks that make up Press Play, Diddys dazzling new Bad Boy/Atlantic Records release. As Diddy and guest stars Ciara and Big Boi intone on Wanna Move, its a CD that will get you high on music while you enjoy the vibe.
And its a new vibe, indeed. Combining all the artistic influences that have defined him as a hip-hop fan, artist and producer over the years, Diddy has done something artists always tell you they intend to do, but rarely actually accomplish: Hes taken it to the next level, creating a sound that might best be described as New Wave-meets-Hip-hop, sexy electro-pop with a urban street beat. Like hip-hop has always been, its a riveting mix of the new and the old. But Diddy does something with the music cutting edge of musical forms; its sounds like nothing youve ever heard before, massaging the ear as passionately as it shakes the ass.
Billy Strings wrapped a two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday following Friday’s concert at the New York City venue featuring guitarist Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer sitting-in.
Yonder Moutain String Band welcomed Andrew McConathy of The Drunken Hearts for an old staple cover during their set at Ardmore Music Hall in Pennsylvania.
moe. dusted off Pink Floyd covers at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo and treated the hometown crowd to some local flavor as well.
The Disco Biscuits unveiled more new songs during the closer of their two-night tour kickoff at the Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.
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