It's been one of the hottest topics of discussion among teenage females at school lunchroom tables across America. The young ladies have been talking about it so vehemently that the conversations have been spilling over into after-school programs and some girls are even debating about it at their houses after homework.
Just why in the world is Bow Wow not going on the Scream III Tour, and does his absence have anything to do with a beef he may have with B2K?
Well, for now, teenyboppers who love both acts do not have to choose sides. Bow, Raz-B, Lil Fizz, Omarion and J-Boog are so tight, the five guys have been hanging out and discussing joining forces for an entire LP.
"It's not like that," Raz, who was on the Los Angeles set of the B2K and Marques Houston dance film "Got Served," insisted. He dismissed any notion of friction between his group and the Ohio MC. He chalked up Bow not going on the tour to politics with the outing's promoter and the rapper's management.
"Bow is always at our house," he explained. "It was a whole big mix-up so he couldn't go out on the tour. But we're actually talking about doing an album together, [like] a Best of Both Worlds. We're trying to keep it moving, you gotta constantly reinvent yourself, do things different."
Although Raz said the LP featuring his singing collective and Bow Wow is just in the talking stages, everyone is already trying to think of album names.
"It wouldn't say Best of Both Worlds, but it would say something that meant collaboration or two of the hottest young acts," he said. "We have to think about that."
What is for sure is that the next person we'll hear the guys collaborating with is R. Kelly. Kells, who wrote and produced the first and second singles —"Bump, Bump, Bump" and "Girlfriend" — from their current album, Pandemonium!, also handled those duties for the record's third release, "What a Girl Wants."
"He's cool, definitely like family," Raz boasted. "We sat and talked for hours. R. Kelly's been through so much in the last year, he doesn't allow people to come to his house, he comes to our house. We go to the studio."
B2K is hoping that R&B's Pied Piper will work with them again on their third album. They plan to go back into the lab soon.
"We're about to go back in the studio and work on our new album," Raz disclosed as Marques Houston playfully harassed him while walking to the set. "We're just going with the flow. We might put it out this year, might put it out next year."
In "Got Served," Raz plays a guy in a rival dance crew to J-Boog, Omarion, Lil Fizz and Marques Houston's. Houston and Omarion are the film's leads, but besides showcasing their ability to shake a leg, their characters sell drugs. Things get very dramatic for the guys when they take the money from a narcotics sale and lose it in a high-stakes dance competition on the streets.
The flick is slated to come out in early 2004, and a DVD of all of B2K's videos is scheduled to drop later this year.
The Scream III tour officially kicks off on July 2 at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, California (see "B2K Will Hit The Road In Search Of A Girlfriend July 2"). However, the guys make their first stop at an arena the next day, hitting a spot very close to home: Inglewood, California's Forum.