Puffy Summons Posse For New CD

Diddy 'Press Play' album cover

Dan Aquilante of the New York Post reviewed Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ new album ‘Press Play’, giving it an impressive four stars. He writes, “Musically, there isn’t a dud on the 19-track disc, although the four interludes are more like quaaludes.” Aquilante added, “The disc is also smart in that it doesn’t try to make Diddy anything he isn’t.” The full review at nypost.com has since been removed.

Rap Snippets Serve 50 Cent Well In Bangkok

Melody L. Goh of The Star was on hand for 50 Cent’s concert at Muang Thong Thani Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday (February 26). “One of the best things about the show was that 50 Cent hardly did a full version of any one song – each one was just a two-minute plus snippet, and most of them ended abruptly,” Goh writes. “Some people might feel as if they were being short-changed, but in this reviewer’s opinion, short rap numbers make for a better show overall than long, wearisome rap tunes that seem to go on and on about female dogs who do nothing but shake their rumps.” The full review at ecentral.my has since been removed.

P.T. Hallow – A Fresh New Voice On The Scene

Contributed by AdamBernard:

Normally I don’t review albums. With the market so flooded right now there’s just too much garbage to wade through before you find something worthwhile. So why, you may ask, did I suddenly decide to review PT Hallow’s ‘Hallow Be They Name’? Well, when I do find something worthwhile in the sea of garbage I like to point it out to people. Check out the review here.

Fort Minor’s ‘The Rising Tied’

Fort Minor 'The Rising Tied' album cover

Contributed by jayo:

This is quite the step away from what you would expect of Shinoda, as he leaves the formula that worked so well for him back with his bandmates and creates a whole new approach at music, sticking to traditional hip-hop. And instead of using his star power to conjure a star-studded list of featured producers, Shinoda takes the responsibility on by himself, creating every beat and playing nearly every instrument (from drums to strings) on The Rising Tied, adding a symphonic feel to album’s songs — something rarely seen in these MPC-laden times. Read more.

50 Cent’s Acting Debut Is Raw

Mariel Concepción of Vibe.com reviewed 50 Cent’s big-screen debut ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin”. Concepción writes, “50 comes off honestly raw, demonstrating a strong range of emotion. Whether crying, smiling, or playing dirty, the character comes off credibly realistic. But then again, it’s a lot like his life.”

The review at vibe.com has since been removed.

Kanye West Comes Through With ‘Late Registration’

Kanye West 'Late Registration' album cover

Orisanmi Burton of AllHipHop.com reviewed Kanye West’s new album ‘Late Registration’, giving the rapper’s sophomore album an impressive 4 1/2 stars. Burton writes, “Whether you think he’s the genuine article, or a self-absorbed flunky (or both), Kanye’s ability to craft soulful jams is undeniable. Nearly every track on the album is a potential single. And with his heartfelt commentary laid over lush instrumentation, those singles are sure to resuscitate the drab radio airwaves.” Read more.

Andre 3000, Tyrese Impress In ‘Four Brothers’

Jack Mathews of The New York Daily News reviewed ‘Four Brothers’, giving good marks to singer/actors Andre 3000 of Outkast and Tyrese. “‘Four Brothers’ is a movie elevated by its performances,” Mathews writes. “Besides Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson is a strong presence as the Mercers’ big brother (Virgil Earp?), rapper André (3000) Benjamin acquits himself as the solid brother Jeremiah and Chiwetel Ejiofor is terrific as Vincent Sweet, a mob boss with a penchant for making miscreants eat off his restaurant floor.”

Eminem Highlights Anger Management MSG Stop

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News reviewed the Anger Management show at Madison Square Garden on Monday night (August 8), featuring Eminem, 50 Cent and Lil Jon. Farber writes, “…50 seemed uninterested in his top hits, tossing them away in abbreviated versions at the end. But some of what his set lacked in hook appeal it made up for in ruthless energy. He had nothing, though, on Eminem. Even during the long sections where he appeared alone onstage, the rapper riveted attention with his charisma and dead-on delivery.”

Diverse Poised To Become Chicago’s Next Hip-Hop Phenom

Andy Downing of the Chicago Tribune reviewed Diverse’s Empty Bottle show Thursday, where the Chicago emcee tested material for his sophomore album, due in early 2006. Downing writes, “Diverse, who prowled the front of the stage like a prizefighter, rapped about everything from the evolution of hip-hop to the guns, greed and war that fuel life on the streets. A few cuts even found the rapper singing like a love-struck soul man, falling to his knees to croon lines such as, ‘I’d die for you,’ his voice crackling with emotion. These dramatic flourishes and streetwise rhymes, clichés in the hands of a less-capable artist, were handled with the same skill Diverse displayed in his debut.” Read more.

Missy Maxes Out

Missy Elliott 'The Cookbook' album cover

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News reviewed Missy Elliott’s new album ‘The Cook Book’, not impressed with the rapper’s sixth album. “Elliott produced some of the songs herself, but more often collaborated with hip-hop soundmen less seasoned than [Timbaland], such as Craig X. Brockman and Qur’an H. Goodman. It’s tempting to finger this switch as the reason ‘Cook Book’ ends up a recipe for disappointment. But Timbaland’s two cuts aren’t any more appetizing than the others. The real problem is that the whole project feels forced: It’s weird for weird’s sake.” The entire review at nydailynews.com has since been removed.