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Triple P

  • 1. Shotgun Intro
    2. Your Day Is Done
    3. Deep Inside
    4. Stay With Me
    5. Fever
    6. No Worries
    7. After the Worries
    8. Act Like You Know
    9. Now or Never
    10. Pee's, The
    11. They Don't
    12. Lights Out
    13. One Minute More
    14. Detroit Winter
    15. I Got You
    16. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11168

  • Credits
    ProducerWaajeed; Mystro; Saadiq; Mark de Clive-Lowe

    Platinum Pied Pipers: Waajeed, Saadiq.
    Personnel: Om'Mas Keith (vocals, flute); Shafiq Husayn, Taz Arnold (vocals); Irisna Gayle (background vocals).
    Additional personnel: Jay Dee, Lacks, Spacer, Tiombe Lockhart, Georgia, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Invincible.
    Audio Mixers: Waajeed; Ty; Nino Moschella.
    Editor: Waajeed.
    Photographer: Jeff Bender.
    Arrangers: Waajeed; Mystro; Vernon D. Hill; Saadiq.
    The funny thing about Platinum Pied Pipers is that they're neither platinum nor much like the self-proclaimed pied piper of R&B, R. Kelly. They're underground, no larger than life, yet wholly contemporary -- a pair of Detroit producers who introduced their way of doing things with interpretations of Burt Bacharach's pop staple "The Look of Love" (sounding more like a Cameo tape after being rescued from a puddle) and Faze-O's rare-groove classic "Riding High" (relatively straightforward, as easy as a summer afternoon spent in the back seat of a convertible). These and other cuts appeared on Ubiquity's Rewind! series of compilations. They built up a lot of promise, all of which is fulfilled on the duo's first album. Slum Village vet Waajeed and Barrett Strong protg Saadiq conduct Triple P Quincy Jones-style, appearing on the cover while otherwise remaining in the background. With help from a handful of MCs and vocalists, the producers/musicians cook up a varied array of hybridized backdrops that update 30 years of soul, hip-hop, and crossover jazz. Three songs featuring the honey-voiced Tiombe Lockhart are among the top highlights; "I Got You" is the best of that lot, with Lockhart, horns, organ, electric piano, and guitar slinking and winding around one of Waajeed's crisply snapping beats. A collaboration with the Sa-Ra crew, "Deep Inside," is wonderfully freaky, a rugged stomp and a smooth glide at once. Out of the MC-led tracks, which tend to be outshined by the ones featuring vocalists, Invincible's "Detroit Winter" stands out most: "Detroit in the winter, the cold is a poison that lingers/A point for beginners: to hold on, avoiding the shivers/You either bundle up or burn rubber/But if you can't take the winter, you don't deserve summer." Many tails can be chased drawing easy parallels to the past, but the only obvious references on this album to the good old days of soul music are some crowd chatter -- likely a nod to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and "Got to Give It Up" -- and a whole lot of spirit. ~ Andy Kellman

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