Anyone that reads the news and gossip columms from time to time will probably have a hard time taking Sean Combs seriously. Don’t blame yourself for that, and actually he’s the first one aknowledging this fact, so all the better for it. But judging by Last Train To Paris, at least no one should question his skills as executive producer, considering that he’s capable of bringing together so many A-list names to collaborate with him, from Grace Jones, Usher, T.I., Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake and Drake to Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Bilal. Oh and the list of producers is also pretty awesome: Danja, Polow Da Don, Jay-Z, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Swizz Beatz, Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett, D’Mile, Mario Winans or DEEKAY, among others. The end result is a kaleidoscopic journey described as an “electro-hip-hop-soul-funk experience blending elements of U.K. grime, Mediterranean techno, and the 808s of American hip-hop”. Sounds good, no?
With such an ambitious project that goes much broader than the standard hip-hop album, it’s a bit inevitable to bring to the table comparisons with Kanye West, but not forgetting that, as said before, Diddy takes himself way less seriously. True, he probably has less than half the talent of Kanye’s… but on the other hand, not having a stick up your ass – and surrounding yourself by all the right people – can sometimes result in music that sounds much more fun. (8,5/10)