Even though there's been a lukewarm response to Puff Daddy – I mean P. Diddy – I mean Diddy's return to rap music, there's quite the buzz surrounding his new single with Christina Aguilera called "Tell Me." Many people already recognize the track because it was used on an episode of Diddy's pet project, MTV's Making The Band 3 last season to gauge the girls' talents in the studio (even at the time it was already known Christina would be singing on the track).
Diddy desperately needs this new single considering the fact that his debut single with Nicole Sherzinger (yes, from the Pussycat Dolls), "Come To Me," has flopped on radio — stalling at a sad #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. I'm not sure why it was the first single in the first place — the song is so boring it should have never even seen the light of day, let alone be the premier track from an album where you have a song like "Tell Me."
His new album entitled Press Play is set for release on October 17, which doesn't give much time for "Tell Me" to garner enough airplay to help his first week sales, but considering the popularity of the rapper turned mega-mogul, he should do decently enough for the album to hold out until the track blows up on radio.
The track starts off with a hot beat and Diddy's opening rap verse:
Let's play a game
Let's pretend for a second
You don't know who I am or what I do
Let's just put it to the side
I can feel your heart beating
I can hear you breathing
Look into your eyes
Trying to see into your mind
But where the song really heats up is with Christina's catchy hook that truly makes the song. Hearing Christina's voice on the song compared with the girls from MTB reminds me how much I appreciate singers who know how to stay on key. Christina's sexy voice coos:
Tell me, what you thinking about
When you got me waitng patiently
And usually, I don't have to wait for nobody
But there's something about you
That really got me feeling weak
And I'm trying to find the words to speak
It looks like this song might finally get Christina the urban airplay many of her fans have wanted her to get for so long ("Ain't No Other Man" and "Can't Hold Us Down" got moderate urban airplay, but nothing significant) but it's still mainstream enough to get Diddy the exposure his album needs to garner some decent sales.
The track is produced by Just Blaze, goes for official radio adds on November 7 (which gives enough time for Aguilera's current single "Hurt" to gain traction as well) and the video which was shot last week is set for release sometime in the near future.
Some pictures have surfaced from the set of the video (which apparently saw some drama between Diddy and Christina with regards to her tardiness and her solo dance sequence) and it looks like Mrs. Bratman has scrapped the retro look (for now) and is back to her dirrty ways.
Listen to the track now and judge for yourself it it'll help Diddy or Christina's most recent efforts.Powered by Sidelines