Thursday, January 22, 2009

ARTISTS OF THE MONTH: PPP

ABUNDANCE is golden!
PPP 's highly anticipated second album, Abundance, IN STORES NOW!!!!

This incredible record has been on heavy rotation in my cd player since the summer...and now it's finally available to the public! PPP (formerly known as Platinum Pied Piper) fans who have been waiting for a new record since their banging debut release Triple P are in for a treat. The new sound couldn't be more fresh and yet musically as complex and ferocious as music used to be back in the heydays of soul and funk...it is simply real, good music with a lot of soul and heart-hitting beats. PPP's ABUNDANCE takes their Detroit Motown-legacy to new heights creating a classic sound that is definitely on pair with the old masters. As I've been saying it since I first heard it, this album is huge and hearing it live might just change your life forever...if you were at the after-party of last summer's BROOKLYN Hip-Hop festival, then you know what I am talking about, but in any case make sure to catch the crew at their live shows. Meet the cast and check out other dope PPP & Waajeed videos from bling 47 on youtube.


Abundance features an all new cast of up-and-coming singers including the album's main songwriter, Coultrain, and leading ladies, Karma Stewart & Jamila Raegan (check my feature of them on WRONGLIPS), plus the return of PPP vet, Neco Redd. My two favorite tracks Luv Affair and Pigeon Hole are perfect examples of the vast talent that this new line-up represents. You can buy Abundance now through Ubiquity Records & Amazon, and iTunes. Support artists & good music by actually purchasing their work...unless of course it's free (check the free download ABUNDANCE mixtape link on the right.)

And there's still a lot more in store from Waajeed, PPP & the whole Bling47 crew - so be sure to stay tuned to www.myspace.com/waajeedandthebling47group& www.FRESHselects.net for all the latest music news, tour info, exclusive downloads & more.

1 comment:

DJ Rahdu said...

If you pick up this album and expect to hear the hip hop/soul of their previous album, Triple P, you’ve come with the wrong expectations. Abundance picks up where Triple P’s Now or Never left off. Knowing that Saadiq and Waajeed are true mavericks, you must come prepared to experience WHATEVER they have to give you, then you can quickly and more easily digest this album. Even then, it may take more than one listen for you to actually GET IT. Trust me though, the more listens the better!

Abundance begins with the current Detroit (rock/percussion heavy) sound on Angel & Smoking Mirrors (love the organ on Smoking Mirrors). From there, they let you know that Abundance is a journey into sound. On a Cloud hips you to a retro/futuristic, funky, horn laden concoction that’s guaranteed to make you move. Next, they slow it down on Sanctuary, a strings heavy, soulful, slow cooker with Coultrain and Jamila Raegan on vocal duties. Finally they take you back to the upbeat Latin dance groove (No Worries) with The Ghost of Aveiro. There’s an “abundance” of tunes here (15 in all), and of course I’m leaving some out. They’re worth the price of admission, and if Variety is the spice of life, Abundance will never reach an audio death in your iPod.

The subtle nuances of a song play a huge part in the gumbo that is Abundance. The production/engineering on this album is excellent and you tend to hear every instrument on a song which increases its potency. The vocalist(s) selected for each song compliments the track and augments your listening pleasure. Also, PPP’s ability to consistently and effectively change styles while maintaining interest is a double plus, because it prevents boredom while listening and keeps you guessing what’s next.

Coming in at just under an hour, there’s also a definite flow to the album which assists in its listenability. It’s not until the end of the album that the flow dissolves and it seems that some songs don’t belong. This album will get an ABUNDANCE of spins from me though!

DJ Rahdu
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