Ross, who also lent vocals to the lead single “Angels”, is just another member of the extended Dirty Money family. Lil Wayne was passionate about the new sound being crafted, and dropped verses on “Strobe Lights”, a teasing, funky club banger, and “Shades”, a trippy track also featuring Bilal. Mario Winans produced the 80s-influenced “Give My All To You” while Rodney Jerkins produced the international party jam “I Want Your Love”.
“I’ll even take off my shades,” sings (yes, sings)Combs on “Twisted”, hinting at a new, emotional core to his sound. The multi layered track represents some of the many influences of Last Train.With a soaring synth riff that reflects the head-trip that is falling in love,he recalls a post-millennial Prince. Other tracks veer from tribal drums to church organs to gritty instrumentals, all combining to form the new sound.
While Combs has had unsurpassed success in many different realms, from fashion to spirits to film,the lush sound scape of Last Train represents a renewed commitment to music from the multi talented impresario. By opening up a chapter of his own life to tell the story, he’s crafted an album that is expressive and exciting. Sure, this album will make you dance, but Dirty Money is more than just dance music. It’s a movement.