Clive Davis didn't become the most successful executive in pop-music history by talking trash. So when the legendary president of J Records said that he was hoping to add some street appeal to Ruben Studdard's upcoming debut by hooking the "American Idol" champion up with hip-hop heavyweight Fat Joe, you can bet someone, somewhere, was already booking the studio time.
Early last week, the Birmingham-big-boy-meets-Bronx-bomber collaboration became a reality, when Studdard and Joe headed into New York's Quad Recording Studios with R&B/pop producer Harold Lilly to track "Can I Get Your Attention?" The song is set to appear on Studdard's as-yet-untitled debut LP, scheduled to hit stores August 19, according to J Records.
"Ruben is a gentle giant, and my son loves his work, so that gives me good points with him," Fat Joe said of working with the rising star. "The song is a hot summer banger that will introduce Ruben to the world not as an 'American Idol,' but as a professional."
Since edging out Clay Aiken to become the new "American Idol" (see " 'Idol' Winner Ruben Studdard Says He's Living Out His Dream"), Studdard has already unveiled his Babyface-produced cover of British boy band Westlife's 1999 European smash, "Flying Without Wings." It's not yet known whether "Can I Get Your Attention?" will be released as an official follow-up single.