Triple P

Platinum Pied Pipers (Ubiquity)

On Triple P, Detroit-schooled renaissance men Saadiq and Waajeed, known collectively as the Platinum Pied Pipers, have unleashed a satisfying soul-hop debut that should instantly moisten hipster panties everywhere. On an album chock-full of stunning mellow rhythms and prototypical Detroit-styled arrangements (keys, horns, soul-sister singing), unexpected guest-vocal spots put the project over the edge of cool. Fellow Motor City maniac Jay Dee throws down on "Act Like You Know," calling attention to the Slum Village connection and reminding listeners of Waajeed's pedigree as a founding member of the mid-'90s underground powerhouse. SA-RA Creative Partners, Steve Spacek and MC Lacks lend their skills to "Deep Inside," "No Worries" and "The Pee's," respectively, adding much-needed variety. When the dust clears, though, it's rising star Tiombe Lockhart who adds extra snap to the album's standout track, "I Got You," nominated for cut of the year on BBC Radio One's Worldwide Awards. It's a classic R&B love song with a twist of Midwest hip-hop. Three years in the making, Triple P is a perfect blend of talent.

 
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