HOLLYWOOD — He flashed a bit of skin in his clip for "One Wish," but for his encore presentation, Ray J is ready to take it all off.
"I want to display a sexier side of Ray J on this one, show a little more of my body and a bit more charisma," the singer/actor said of his forthcoming video for "What I Need," the second single off Raydiation. "It's going to be really, really sexy.
"A lot of people have been requesting it, so I'm gonna give it to them," he continued. "I'm gonna take it to the next level."
Ray has been in talks with Little X (or Mr. X, if you prefer) to shoot the clip in the director's hometown of Toronto in the next few weeks. The song will serve as a sequel to "One Wish," co-written by Rodney Jerkins, in which Ray vented his heartache about losing the woman he loved, stating that "if he had one wish," it would be to have her back with him. The song displayed a newfound maturity in the singer, who used to gravitate toward harder beats and a more thuglike appeal, especially on his last LP, 2001's This Ain't a Game.
With "What I Need," the singer explained, he's "basically saying that all this entertainment, the girls going crazy and me in the club poppin' bottles is fun, but when I'm with my girl that I love, she keeps me grounded, keeps me secure and keeps me focused."
While an official treatment has yet to be drafted for the video, Ray already has some ideas on the direction he wants to go — namely, out of his sister Brandy's shadow and toward being viewed as a respected musical artist in his own right.
It looks like the soon-to-be 25-year-old (his birthday is January 17) is well on his way. "One Wish" is still climbing the Billboard charts, peaking at #3 on the Hot R&B and Hip-Hop Songs chart after 19 weeks out. The budding media mogul is also honing his skills as a savvy businessman as he heads up his new record label, KnockOut Entertainment, and prepares to produce Brandy's next LP (see "All In The Family: Brandy Signs With Brother Ray J's Label").
As if that weren't enough to tie him down, Ray continues to shoot his UPN sitcom "One on One," co-starring Kyla Pratt ("Fat Albert") and comedian Flex Alexander, which airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. Fans had better set those TiVos because Brandy is set to guest star as Ray's sister on a couple of episodes slated to air at the end of February.
Once filming for the show wraps in February, Ray will head out to tour behind Raydiation, a spokesperson said.