He may have had everyone saying “Slow Down” a year ago, but Bobby Valentino’s career is showing no signs of braking, as the R&B crooner is already polishing up his second album.
Special Occasion, the follow-up to 2005’s Disturbing Tha Peace Presents Bobby Valentino, is due September 19 on Ludacris’ DTP label.
“I’m always doing something new and different,” the Atlanta R&B crooner said of his latest material, without giving too much away. “This is definitely a little change for me, but it’s still in the same vein.”
Valentino is giving fans a preview of his newest work with his street single, “Wreck,” which is dropping this month. “It’s about a young lady who has me [hooked],” he said. “Every man has been in this situation before, so we came up with a song about it.”
“Wreck” was written and produced by Sean Garrett, whose credits include Beyoncé’s “Check on It,” Chris Brown’s “Run It!” and Usher’s “Yeah!”
Rodney Jerkins helmed the official first single, “Turn the Page,” and Dre & Vidal, Brian Michael Cox and Tim & Bob also contributed production to Special Occasion (see “Attention Producers: Bobby Valentino Wants To Make You Hotter” ). So far the album is without any major cameos, but Valentino plans to change that. “Whoever I put on there is just going to add the hot sauce on it,” he said.
Along with recording his own material and contributing to various compilations — including last year’s Ludacris Presents … Disturbing Tha Peace and The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter — Valentino’s been busy exploring other options. “I’m ready to get into acting,” he said.