LOS ANGELES — Perhaps Jay-Z should have titled his collaboration album with R. Kelly The Blueprint.
First Bow Wow and B2K announced they were doing a similar joint project (see "B2K, Bow Wow So Far From Beef They're Planning Joint LP"), and now LL Cool J and Ginuwine are copying the concept.
"I figured the ladies needed something because [The Best of Both Worlds] was real street and all that," Ginuwine said at Sunday's American Music Awards (see "50 Cent, Luther Vandross Take Home Multiple AMAs; Many Artists Skip Out"). "LL, he does a lot of love music [with his] rapping, and I do a lot of love music with my singing, so I dig it."
LL and Gin have yet to book studio time but they're lining up producers.
"Hopefully my man Timbaland will work with us. Just anybody that I've worked with in the past that's willing to do it and willing to give us their best," Ginuwine said. "I think it's gonna be a big project."
Ginuwine said the still-untitled collaboration album is just a one-time side project and that both artists are also releasing solo albums next year. "I just like to do things that people can remember, but I wanna always do my own album and make statements," he said.
Before Ginuwine returns to the studio, the R&B crooner will release one more single from his The Senior album, "Love You More."
Ginuwine will also be seen on the big screen soon, playing himself in the dance drama "Honey." The film, starring Jessica Alba and also featuring Lil' Romeo and cameos from several other rappers, opens December 5.