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Tuesday, Oct 12 2004 | 00:55

While the PPP moniker may be new to the scene, Waajeed is no stranger to those who know their hip-hop. Teaming up with hip hop production guru Jay Dee in the early 1990s, Waajeed helped form the trailblazing group Slum Village. He left the group to pursue a scholarship at College for Creative Studies. In 1999 Waajeed got back behind the boards to once again concentrate his efforts on working with Slum Village. Waajeed contributed tracks to Slum’s “Dirty District” compilation on Sequence/Kinetic in 2002 and recorded seven tracks (co-producing two) for the critically acclaimed “Trinity (Past, Present, and Future)” released on Capitol in 2002 – including production credits on “La La” and the dub-influenced club banger “Star.” He then worked with Jay Dee co-producing tunes on the instant classic, “Welcome 2 Detroit” released on BBE in 2001 and co-produced songs with Detroit soul sensation Dwelle.

Waajeed’s production work was also featured in MGM’s box-office hit, Barbershop 1. His label, Bling 47, provided the launching pad for “The Official Jay Dee Instrumental Series,” regarded in many circles as an underground classic, and the first installment of his own instrumental series, “BPM.” Bling 47’s production has even meandered its way onto Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming slot.

Waajeed, a self-taught musician who feels right at home in front of his MPC 2000, is known for his gritty Detroit hip hop style. Whereas Saadiq, a master keyboard and guitar player, brought up under the tutelage of world-renowned songwriter Barrett Strong (most known for his work with Motown artist Marvin Gaye), brings the element of improvisational live instrumentation to PPP’s sound.

Waajeed and Saadiq were introduced through their mutual friends, Slum Village, and the two joined forces musically at the turn of the millennium. Their partnership was formally launched on Ubiquity’s Rewind Vol.2 and continued to flourish behind the boards for acts including top-selling German group, ASD and Japan based DJ Mitsu’s album “The Awakening Remixes” on “Right Here,” featuring Dwelle.

The Platinum Pied Pipers debut album, “PPP,” is set to be released on Ubiquity Records this winter, so stay tuned …

New Platinum Pied Pipers Single is in Stores Now!


Side A
1. Stay With Me (feat. Tiombe Lockhart) – vocal
2. I Got You feat. (Tiombe Lockhart) – vocal

Side B
1. Your Day Is Gone (feat. Georgia)
2. Stay With Me – instrumental
3. Your Day Is Gone – instrumental

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