Pauly D is hard at work, making the kind of bold career moves that should help him keep his star status strong long after his days in Seaside Heights are behind him. The "Jersey Shore" breakout has been cataloging his exploits on his new spin-off, "The Pauly D Project," which follows the star as he travels the world with his crew as an in-demand DJ and continues to pursue a recording career.
Pauly signed with 50 Cent's G-Note record label late last year and reportedly got right to work. "I'm focusing on music. That's my passion," Pauly said at the time. "I'm working with 50 Cent now. I'm gonna do an album with him. It's going to be a little bit of everything. It's almost like DJ Khaled and kind of David Guetta, but my own DJ Pauly D style."
So how is the album coming along? Apparently, quite well.
"G-Unit's going great. I'm working heavily on my album right now, trying to lock down some producers, some artists," Pauly told MTV News. "I'm taking my time with it. I really want it to be great. I want the album to show my personality, just like my DJing does."
Pauly had nothing but praise for label boss 50 Cent, saying, "50's a beast, man. He's so smart when it comes to business, and he's so talented. Him and I just clicked the second we met, so it was great."
The feeling, it seems, is mutual.
While talking to MTV News in NYC late last month, 50 had nothing but good things to say about Pauly and his new show. "Well, Pauly D's show is gonna be as — I don't want to say more exciting than 'Jersey Shore' — I'll say as exciting as 'Jersey Shore' to maintain the audience that 'Jersey Shore' had by itself," 50 said. "He has a lot going on right now, and they'll get a chance to go into his world, as far as his DJing and a lot of things he's actually doing."
The "Pauly D Project" airs Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. It follows the new season of "Punk'd," which is set to include appearances from superstars like Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato.