Ghostwriter

So I had this brilliant idea that I was gonna take a break from flaunting my formidable Jay-Z interview filler, and do a definitive post of who wrote what on Puffy’s new album Press Play. Shit, for the past year or so all the big dogs from Lil Wayne to Common where rumored to be lending bars to the lyrically-impaired Bad Boy boss man. Yeah I know you can feel the power of Pharoahe Monch throughout “The Future,” but I was curious about the pen game behind the other succulent sections.

So just like any other Joe Schmo, I dropped dough at the local Best Buy (Muthafuckas who bless y’all hearts still buy CDs take note: Their store chain contains a whole bonus disc with just one song: the dancing-machine-in-all-of-else-ready, Harlem shake-fest “Get Off.”) I even bought the other packaged version with extended album artwork just to show off for the salesladies (Who says YN doesn’t support the culture?) So I just ripped off the packaging off my CD and if you like me you readin’ the credits right now…but I be goddamn…this tiny-ass blue lettering is giving me a fuckin’ headache. Who approved the point size on this muthafucka? Guess Puff’s not gonna make it easy to figure out who hit him with the John Stockton assists on this one. Still I’m goin’ in, for the sake of hip-hop, I gots too.

OK track two. The one he rhymes over “Shaft in Africa.” Jayceon Taylor. The Game is in the building. Wonder if he wrote the hook? LOL. Any way one listen to the first verse and it’s all Chuck Taylor (FYI all the album’s lyrics are available on diddy.com but once again the tiny-ass chicken stratch is pure migraine material.) I’ll do y’all the favor: “As my Daytons spin low rider sittin’ low/Hittin’ corners so hard you can taste my rims/Hard top, 6-4…” Okay, that’s the G-Unit runaway.

T.I.’s on “Wanna Move.” Rick Ross on “Partners For Life.” But still no D’Wayne Carter and Lonnie Lynn to be found. In fact, eight songs list someone named Leroy Watson. VOCAL ARRANGEMENT FOR DIDDY BY LEROY WATSON. Sounds like a fancy way to say this dude is Puff’s ghostwriter. Well I can’t prove it (wink, wink) but I’m pretty sure it’s Puff’s young protégé Aasim.

We like dude over here at the Double X. He’s been doin’ his thing in the Big Apple underground since before and after he broke bread with Combs. We named him one of our Show and Prove All Stars back in 2004 and big homie Jefferson Mao has kept the kid shining in his monthly column from time to time. So you see what all the critics and pleasantly surprised rap listeners are missing is the real reason why Puffy’s new CD clearly doesn’t suck. I got three words for y’all: All Hail Aasim!

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  • Eastside Bread Maker

    YN quick question, who wrote “Come Get Me”???

  • http://myspace.com/bunchbitch Bowser da Boss

    Yea, thats the first thing I checked for when I saw that blue ass book, who REALLY wrote on the album. At least puff knows how to open his checkbook and hire some heat becasue he knows damn well he cant write. SHIIIIIIIIIt, I’ll take a Ghost writing check……First by the way.

  • http://myspace.com/bunchbitch Bowser da Boss

    Damn. okay 3rd

  • E.Williams

    Who cares? We all know he’s not a rapper.

  • content

    useful post

  • Tyler

    That Album still ain’t bangin’ like No Way OUt so stop selling wolf tickets ya’ dig. Peep the musical heat and vibes at: http://www.myspace.com/marcmaysrockandrollthug
    http://www.myspace.com/marcusorealiusmusic

  • NoMamesBuey

    you’re wrong YN, that Diddy album is ass. It sucks. I listened to it when it was streaming on mtv.com, it was a chore – I was happy when it finally finished. Some beats are good but Diddy’s annoyance & no-talent ass rhyming ruins it. And the latter third is more r&b-ish than rap. Which alone r&b doesn’t necessarily suck, but Diddy sings actually worse then he raps!

  • http://www.myspace.com/youngbroadway Bundles

    Broadway should got some credits in there, Puff stay jerking cats!! http://www.myspace.com/youngbroadway

    And you know it YN!!

  • Were Read 2 Def

    The Future beat is tight and its the only track worth listening to.

  • Killa

    better puffy album
    it aint even close mayn

    no way out>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>press play

  • P.G. Lee

    Yo Yellow Nig finely bless’s us with a great post. WTF YN what took you so long to do a real post. Don’t get me wrong I like the break day’s but this was one of your better blogs. Hey how much do you wanna bet if dwayne did’nt get his ghostwriter on it was his nemisis from philly. any way’s no amount of ghostwriters will make Sean puff P Diddy Daddy Combs sound good not even the banging beats that are on the album. I might bootleg it on limewire though.

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  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Press Play is musical…not for the those who like eating the same soup just reheated…those that like/dislike this album seperates the music lovers from the “Now thats what I call Music” lovers…yall just wanna hear a nigga talk about how much dope he move and how tough they are…open your stagnated minds…

  • screw music nigga

    I SAW THE NOV. COVER WITH JAY ON IT EARLY, SONEBODY ONE UP YOUR YELLA ASS. JAY WITH A HOODY ON THE PRESIDENT MC. WHEN IS NAS COMING NIGGA?

  • Da PartyStarter

    Why was Diddy on “Sucker Free” last night claiming he started writing and he now “feels bad” for the M.C.’s that he made tear up raps that he didn’t think were up to snuff? Something is amiss…..

  • da bossman

    I leaked it myself stupid-ass Screw Music Nigga

  • John

    Royce 5’9 wrote the Christina Augilar song – step your game up duechbag.

  • John

    Royce 5’9 wrote the Christina Augilar song – step your game up duechbag.

  • iseedeadpeople

    the hottest rican in the game is delfin vega go to http://www.myspace.com/delfinvega to see.

  • DELINQ

    Damn Game sold Puff some recycled rhymes too- he rhymes “taste my rims” and “Daytons spin” in “Strip Club”

  • Prince Of The South

    I went out and bought that cd and even if you the biggest Diddy fan you can’t listen to it all the way through. He had some hot ghostwriters “I got a story to tell/ Like I fell out of heaven to walk through hell” but the boy can’t rap. That doesn’t change anything.

  • thoreauly77

    hey YN. when are you going to fire that non-writing kris-ex? seriously. and why are you having so much trouble finding guest bloggers for the last 2 weeks?

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/LEGACYHIPHOP BELIZE

    lol @ game ghostwriting 64′s for puff..so original

  • Mr.Me

    YN’s grandfather sodamized him wit a dill pickle

  • bobo

    true. royce wrote the aguilera joint. damn game hide your style!

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    But how come no one’s talking about how dope the beats were and how, it was like a “fugazi Chronic”- but on some “in the club, with my A-list buddies”

    (no puff & jamie foxx song a song called “partners for life)

    http://www.myspace.com/theanticorp

    nuff said…

  • frankwhite45

    He aint a rapper but the flow on that nas and cee lo record is hot it feels like nas wrote those bars but who cares more impaired rappers should get 1 plus some1 to select beats

    myspace.com/ninohnewjack myspace.com/ninohnewjack

  • e

    Decent post you should have revealed more of the ghostwriters.

  • E man

    With all the marketing that went into it should have been number 1 g.d. I have never seen an album pushed so hard

  • e

    Yo Crack you the realest. Let me hang out with you, let me hold your bag for you.”
    ^^^^^^
    Even Fat Joe is referring to weed carrying on interviews(quote is from all hip hop)

    This should be motivation for any aspiring weedcarrier don’t be detracted because of the dangers. Keep the weed carrying movement strong(no spliff star)

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    October 25th, 2006 at 11:33 am
    Press Play is musical…not for the those who like eating the same soup just reheated…those that like/dislike this album seperates the music lovers from the “Now thats what I call Music” lovers…yall just wanna hear a nigga talk about how much dope he move and how tough they are…open your stagnated minds…

    ^^^good point

  • MsAASIM_THE_DREAM_AKA_THE ANSWER

    YO MY BOO AASIM IS THE TRUTH

  • http://kingtime.ru/ KingTime

    “Классный пост”

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