HOLLYWOOD — Zane is no longer "lil.' " In fact, he's claiming to be big enough to begin the world.
The rapper, who recently altered his moniker a la Bow Wow, will follow-up his 2000 debut, Young World: The Future, with The Big Zane Theory, a play off the origin of the universe model.
Zane will release the album on August 19 after first hitting radio and video outlets with the single "Tonite, I'm Yours," an R&B-flavored number featuring Tank.
"The song is somethin' real sexy," Zane said at the BET Awards. "I was in a sexy mood that day, chillin' with a girl. And it's called 'Tonite, I'm Yours' because I just feel like every man: if you've got a special girl out there, you wanna give her that time. And I'm just hoping all the ladies out there feel it like I feel them."
For the video, Zane employed Erik White, who has directed clips for Ludacris and B2K. "The video got kinda like a real sexy twist to it, man," Zane said. "It's like [MTV's] 'Making the Video,' but it is the video."
The Big Zane Theory also features Roscoe and TriStar on "How We Ride," along with production from Timbaland, Megahertz, Stevie J. (Jay-Z) and Ron Feemster (50 Cent).
The album includes party starters like "Bounce" and "Do It, Don't Stop," along with more serious material like "I.O.U.," a tribute to his parents and teachers, and "All $ Ain't Good $," about earning money legitimately and spending it wisely.
Zane will promote the album on a summer tour opening for Ginuwine and Tyrese beginning July 29 in St. Louis and culminating August 28 in Phoenix.
The Atlanta native, who appeared in "Finding Forrester" (see "Lil' Zane Works On Sean Connery Film, Debut Album") and "Doctor Dolittle 2" (see "Lil' Zane Cast In 'Doctor Dolittle' Sequel"), has recently finished two upcoming movies, the Beyoncé and Cuba Gooding Jr. comedy "The Fighting Temptations," and the Vivica A. Fox thriller "Motives."
Ginuwine, Tyrese and Zane's tour dates, according to Zane's spokesperson:
- 7/29 - St. Louis, MO @ Pageant
- 7/30 - Cleveland, OH @ The Scene
- 7/31 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
- 8/1 - Milwaukee, WI @ Afro Festival
- 8/3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
- 8/5 - Syracuse, NY @ Turningstone Casino
- 8/6 - New York, NY @ BB Kings
- 8/7 - Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Farm
- 8/8 - Washington, DC @ Dream
- 8/9 - Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods
- 8/10 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier 6
- 8/12 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
- 8/13 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
- 8/14 - Charlotte, NC @ Grady Cole Center
- 8/15 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
- 8/16 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
- 8/17 - Miami, FL @ Level
- 8/19 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
- 8/20 - Houston, TX @ Arena Theatre
- 8/21 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Nextstage
- 8/24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre
- 8/26 - Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
- 8/27 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
- 8/28 - Oakland, CA @ Paramount