Members of Incubus and Cypress Hill, and Beastie Boys' DJ Mix Master Mike have recorded with former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee for his second Methods of Mayhem album.
"It's going to be awesome," Lee said Sunday before taking the stage at the My VH1 Music Awards to introduce Mary J. Blige. "We have so many insane tracks, everyone is having a hard time picking a single."
The album, produced by Scott Humphrey (Rob Zombie, Mötley Crüe), who also produced Methods of Mayhem's 1999 debut, is due May 21, Lee said. A single will precede it in March.
The track list has not been finalized, though Lee said contenders include "a beautiful track called 'Blue,' " which features Incubus singer Brandon Boyd and guitarist Mike Einziger, and a cover of David Bowie's "Fame" with Cypress Hill rapper B-Real, Mix Master Mike and turntablist DJ Z-Trip. "Puffy might remix that one," Lee said, referring to hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.
Other tracks Lee has recorded are "Sunday," "Afterglow," "Body Architechs," "Ashamed," "Higher," "People So Strange," "Hold Me Down," "Face 2 Face," "Why Is It?" and "Mr. Sh--ty."
Several titles are being tossed around for the album, and according to Lee's publicist, Methods of Mayhem fans may have a say about the LP's name through some sort of contest.
Methods of Mayhem's self-titled debut, which included the single "Get Naked," featured guest appearances by Fred Durst, Lil' Kim, Snoop Dogg, the Crystal Method and Kid Rock, who is now dating Lee's ex-wife, Pamela Anderson.
After rapper TiLo, who handled a lot of the vocals on Methods of Mayhem, left the group in February (see "Methods Of Mayhem Un-Rapped: TiLo Leaves Band"), Lee said he took over the singing and rapping on the new tracks. "I'm doing everything!" he said. In April, Lee said the album would have more of a hard rock focus than the eclectic debut (see "Tommy Lee Promises More Rock On Next Methods Of Mayhem LP").