[artist id="1244169"]Diddy[/artist]‘s been promising a full-on return to music for a while, and the hip-hop entrepreneur appears to be making his comeback the right way, by hyping the release of his upcoming Last Train to Paris album with a mixtape that dropped on Saturday.
Diddy announced the tape — produced by famed Chicago remixer Felix Da Housecat ([artist id="501686"]Britney Spears[/artist], [artist id="1801883"]Ciara[/artist], [artist id="1098"]Madonna[/artist]) and released on Saturday — with a tweet in which he bragged, “Lectro Black is my dance music alter ego!!! Mr. Lectro Black is a bad mother—-er!!! Close your eyes and jump!”
The electro-house mix is precisely what Diddy has been teasing for more than a year, with a Kanye-like mix of rapping and singing and a fervent promise from the Bad Boy boss on the thumping intro that, “We are the crush groovin’, the body movin’, the record makin’ and the record breakin’. We go by the name of ‘Lectro Black and we represent that dirty, dirty. We represent that electro, that funk, that hip-hop, that punk rock, the dirty, dirty. We ain’t into that commercial, crowd pleasin’ ass-kissin’ DJ, ‘throw yo hands in the air, wave ‘em like you just don’t care’ sh–! We want your mind, we want your body, and we came to take your mother—-in’ soul!”
What follows is an hour of [artist id="1670064"]LCD Soundsystem[/artist]-style throbbing club beats with a mix of Diddy’s patented swaggering boasts, some Auto-Tune-tweaked singing and talking, and even a bit of breathless pleading, in which Diddy promises, “I’ll blow ya mind … you will be mine!” The through line is a series of calls from Diddy to an unheard Felix, as the Bad Boy impresario keeps pushing back his early-morning arrival time in the City of Lights.
The whole thing plays like a very long, trippy and supremely sweaty night at an underground dance club you probably can’t get into, with tweaked out bits of MGMT’s “Kids” thrown in for good measure about halfway into the mix. “World, get ready,” Diddy warns as he pulls into the station near the end. “Can you hear the train? Last Train to Paris is comin’ soon. … Don’t be confused. It’s simple. ‘Lectro Black … I’m gonna f— your mind up. I’m gonna take you to a place you’re scared to go to. I’m gonna make you feel good. So this is what we call a warning shot.”
The tape is a teaser for the high-concept Paris album, which Diddy has described as an emotional journey from London to France’s capital, during which he falls in and out of love with a mysterious lady. He recently revealed that he put together a female duo to accompany him on the trip, former [artist id="2400155"]Danity Kane[/artist] singer Dawn Richard and songwriter Kaleena Harper.