3LW are on the fast track out of teen-pop land, and they've got Bad Boys and Thugs along to speed up the ride.
The same week they premiere their video for "I Do (Wanna Get Close to You)," featuring P. Diddy and Loon, the R&B trio will hit the airwaves as guest vocalists on Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's new single, "Get Up and Get It."
The tracks follow up 3LW's appearance on Naughty by Nature's "Feels Good (Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing)" earlier this year (see "Naughty By Nature, 3LW Save The Day") and their collaboration with Nas on their own single, "I Can't Take It," from their 2000 self-titled debut. And that hip-hop trend appears to be blossoming.
"There is talk about Busta Rhymes being on [our] album," Adrienne Bailon said at last week's BET Awards (see "Ja Rule, Missy, B2K Win, Suge And Snoop Exchange Words At BET Awards"). "We're about to work with Irv Gotti [on a track] which will include Ja Rule, hopefully. Lil' Kim [may appear]. There are projects coming up with Eve. We are really, really excited."
3LW are still finishing their second album, A Girl Can Mack, due September 24 (see "3LW Out To Show A Girl Can Mack"). Though they're not sure which rappers will make appearances on the LP, it's clear from the party vibe of "I Do" that the three little women are not so little anymore.
"It's definitely a club song everybody in the club is going to be jamming to it," Kiely Williams said. "It's real hot. We found out P. Diddy was involved, and it was like an added bonus. We're very proud of that song. It definitely shows a new side and more mature side of 3LW."
Along the same lines, "Get Up and Get It," from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Thug World Order, due in October (see "Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Get Bobby Brown For LP, Claim He's 'Like Tupac' "), is a light-hearted summer anthem, according to the group's spokesperson.
In conjunction with their new release, 3LW re-launched their Web site last week.