Breaking the unspoken rule that R&B and hip-hop albums need to have all-star guest lists, Montell Jordan has decided to apply the true definition of "solo" to his next LP, "Get It On Tonight…"Jordan, whose previous record, "Let's Ride," featured appearances from Redman, Master P, and Silkk The Shocker, among others, decided that this time around, he wanted his record to get by on his own merits, as he told the MTV Radio Network. "I said, this is number four, and this time I just want to go out there and just stand on me," Jordan explained, "and not on Jay-Z, who is incredible, or DMX, or whoever the hottest man on the block is that you put on a record to make sure you got your hip-hop stamp of approval." He added, "The staff of [my record label] Def Jam played the record in the office and those same people, the Jay-Z's and everybody,
walked in the room and they were like, 'Yo, what is that? Who is that? My man is right,' you know." [RealAudio]Jordan did say that while the album will be guest-free, there may be some big names working on remixes, including Redman, Mobb Deep, and Ja Rule. "Get It On Tonight…" will be in stores on November 9. Meanwhile, Jordan has begun his new job as host for the performance-based TV show, "Motown Live," and has taped performances from James Brown, K-Ci & JoJo, the Temptations, 702 and Snoop Dogg (see "Montell Jordan To Host 'Motown Live,' Prepares New Album").
-- John Gill