Who needs Randy, Paula and Simon when you have Fat Joe, Ne-Yo and Scott Storch in your corner?
Mario Vazquez, the only "American Idol" finalist ever to drop out of the show (back in season four), has added more big names for his self-titled debut, due September 26.
As the follow-up to his Ne-Yo-penned first single, "Gallery" (see "Ne-Yo, Baby Bash Join 'Idol' Dropout Mario Vazquez On Debut"), Vazquez will release "Cohiba," produced by Scott Storch, written by Sean "The Pen" Garrett and featuring Fat Joe and Knox.
"It's the club jam," Vazquez said of the tune, named after a brand of Cuban cigars. "It's much grittier. There's some innuendo and there's a side of me I don't think 'Idol' fans have known before. It's definitely much more rhythmic."
Vazquez also collaborated on the album with veteran producers Johnta Austin, the Underdogs, Lester Mendez, Steve Morales and Soulshock & Karlin.
"It's basically everything that I love, all different genres of music such as R&B, hip-hop, reggaetón, pop, some Motown," Vazquez said. "It's a mix of everything, and I think coming from New York, we need that. New York being the melting pot, the album is a melting pot of different sounds.
"I'm proud of the project," he added. "My sound came through."
Vazquez just finished the Rock 'N Shop Mall Tour with Ashley Parker Angel and is eyeing a big fall outing.
"We're in talks of maybe being the second act to open for Christina Aguilera when she goes overseas," Vazquez said. "My fingers are crossed for that."