Sean Paul isn't letting the heat from his Dutty Rock album cool down. The dancehall star has just finished tracking the song "Baby Boy" with Beyoncé Knowles for the Destiny's Child singer's first solo album, Dangerously in Love, due May 20.
"I've been a fan of her work for a long time," Sean Paul said while taking a break from recording the song in a Miami studio on Thursday night. "She expressed to me that she's been listening to a lot of my music. She wrote a great song."
Knowles has just a few more weeks of recording left on the album, according to a Columbia Records spokesperson.
Based on Sean Paul's description, the mid-tempo track is a sequel of sorts to " '03 Bonnie & Clyde," Beyoncé's recent hit duet with Jay-Z. "She's telling me about her fantasies and picturing me and her going here and there, all over the world," Paul said. "I'm answering back, like, 'I'm wit it.' " The track was produced by Scott Storch (Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre), who co-wrote it with Beyoncé.
Weary from a full day of studio time, Sean Paul attempted to sing a few lines of the song a cappella. "Telling me all about the thing that you would fantasize/ I know you dig the way me step on all this track/ Baby girl I listen to ya ..."
"That's it, man," he said with a laugh after a few more attempts at the hook. "I can't remember no more right now."
Among the 20 songs recorded for the album so far are tracks with Missy Elliott and Luther Vandross, according to Beyoncé's manager and father, Mathew Knowles (see "Beyonce Working It With Missy Elliott On Solo Album"). Within the next two weeks, Beyoncé is scheduled to hit the studio to record with Jay-Z, P. Diddy and the Neptunes, he said. No more than 14 tracks will end up on the finished album, so it is unclear which of the collaborations will make the final cut.
"[Fans] will see a vocal edge of Beyoncé [on the album] that they have not seen in Destiny's Child," Mathew Knowles said. "This is a pure R&B record."
In addition, Knowles said a bonus DVD will be packaged with the
initial pressing of the album. It'll feature live performance footage as well as in-the-studio clips shot during the making of the LP.
While Beyoncé is slated to record a duet with Aretha Franklin for the soul legend's upcoming studio album, Sean Paul is keeping up his torrid pace as well. The dancehall don recently tracked a song with 112 for their upcoming album, and he joined hip-hop legends De La Soul on "Shoomp," slated to appear on their next record.