Platinum Pied Pipers

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Platinum Pied Pipers
Platinum Pied Pipers Duo.jpg
Waajeed                       Saadiq
Background Information




Hip hop, R&B

Years Active

2000 - Present


Ubiquity Records


Robert "Waajeed" O'Bryant Darnell "Saadiq" Bolden


Platinum Pied Pipers are Slum Village founding member Waajeed and multi-instrumentalist Saadiq who met through rapper Baatin in 1992. In 2000 they decided to form a duo and began releasing 12"s and mixtapes.

The pair have a rather distinctive mixture of sounds as, although Waajeed is primarily a hip hop producer, Saadiq is a protege of Motown producer Barrett Strong, making for a finely tuned middleground. The two-man musical duo puts an essential new twist on modern hip hop and soul. They have said in interviews, the name "Platinum Pied Pipers" was chosen at random and has no connection to the Pied Piper folk tale.

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.




  • "Ridin' High" b/w "Open Your Eyes" - (2003) Ubiquity Records featuring Dwele Amazon
  • "Stay With Me"*, "I Got You" - (2004) Ubiquity Records featuring Tiombe Lockhart, Georgia Anne Muldrow Amazon
  • "Act Like You Know" b/w "Now Or Never" - (2005) Ubiquity Records featuring J Dilla, Tiombe Lockhart
  • "Shotgun", "Fever" (2005) Ubiquity Records featuring J Dilla, Invincible & Medaphoar


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