As early as April of this year, rumblings on the Web hinted that 50 Cent might sign "Jersey Shore" star and former Britney Spears tourmate Pauly D to his label, G-Note Records. But the deal wasn't confirmed until this week when both Fif and his new signee spread the word on Twitter.
During the launch party for his SMS Audio headphones line in NYC on Monday night, 50 Cent gave MTV News a few details on Pauly D's upcoming album, due out in 2012.
"Pauly's project is not all his performance on the actual records," Fif explained. "It's more like what you would get from a DJ Khaled or DJ Drama but also what you would get from David Guetta — so it's a cross between those two worlds, and I think it's exciting."
A cross between two of the most notorious hip-hop DJs and one of the most popular electronic DJs certainly sounds like a winning combination for Pauly D, who has already built a solid fanbase in reality TV. And with plans for Pauly to star in his own MTV show in the coming months, 50 is even more confident that the hair-gel fanatic is primed to blow up.
"He obviously has a huge platform moving forward. His show is a spin-off from 'Jersey Shore,' " 50 said. "And being in front of large audiences every night DJing — we're gonna make a hit record out of the actual material that we have around and some of the new stuff that we'll put together."
Maybe fans will get a chance to see 50 Cent and Pauly D working together on the album when the Rhode Island native finally debuts his own reality show. Earlier this year, Pauly D gave MTV News an idea of what fans might expect from the story line.
"It'll be probably along the lines of, I used to be this DJ in Rhode Island, DJing two sets a week, hustling, promoting," he explained. "And all of a sudden, I'm on this show, and now they're sending private jets for me to DJ for these huge crowds, yet I'm still the same guy that was DJing for 200 people, just loving life."
The show hasn't received an airdate just yet, but by the time it does, DJ Pauly D may well be an international superstar.