NEW YORK — Does Bow Wow want to be one of the Hottest MCs in the Game? Sure. Is Omarion interested in living up to his potential as an R&B superstar? No doubt. But what do the guys think about their exes or rumored girlfriends? The duo say they're definitely not sweating the ladies.
While the two friends were in town last week recording their December 4 joint LP, Face Off, they enjoyed some loud laughs when asked about their love lives — both current and defunct.
First it was Bow, answering the question about Ciara, the muse for his hit record "Outta My System" (see "Bow Wow Can't Get His Mind Off An Ex (Ciara?) In New Single"). Of course he's seen the video for her "Can't Let Him Go" and heard the talk that she is supposedly dating 50 Cent now (see "Ciara Says She And 50 Cent Are Not An Item"). So is he salty that Fif may be getting with his ex-girl?
"Not at all," he insisted. He also said he's fine with her going out with anybody she wants to.
"Once you solidified what's gonna happen, let them live life," Bow said. "That's what life is all about. She's gonna go 'head and see other guys as she should, 'cause please believe, I'm definitely gonna get mine in. That's just how the cookie crumbles. I've been on these Web sites [in pictures] with about four [rumored girlfriends]. I'm living my life and having fun. It is what it is."
One of the ladies Bow has been linked to is Reverend Run's youngest daughter, Angela Simmons. Photos of the two at various events have been all over the Web.
"Yeah, what's up with Ang?" Omarion chuckled.
"We kickin' it," Bow said. "We go out, have dinner, lunch, little stuff like that. Breakfast. Nothing wrong with breakfast." He also urged us to "stay tuned" to see how that relationship develops.
Omarion had his own explaining to do as well. His fans want to know what the deal is with him and Rihanna. Gossip pages have linked them as well.
"That's my homegirl," O answered a little bit more seriously. "That's a good friend of mine. We go out."
So would it be fair to say they have a romantic relationship?
"No, it wouldn't be fair," he retorted. "We are just friends. She's a really cool girl. She's a cool friend. Bow knows, we all hung out together. We're all friends."
Bow and O have had their own share of ups and downs as friends (see "Bow Wow And Omarion Heal Rift Over Scream Tour"), but for the most part, things have been cool and they finally decided to join forces for an LP. They had momentum swinging their way.
"I said, 'It's only right. If we don't do it now, we'll probably never get the opportunity to do it again,' " Bow explained about getting the project off the ground.
"It felt right," O chimed in.
Obviously, supergroups have been forged and have disintegrated in the past, forever damaging the friendships of the parties involved — à la Jay-Z and R. Kelly's Best of Both Worlds album and tour (see "Jay-Z, R. Kelly Part Ways as Best Of Both Worlds Tour Collapses") and the group Lucy Pearl, which was made up of members from Tony! Toni! Toné!, En Vogue and A Tribe Called Quest.
"It's not going to happen because of the relationship," Omarion said, nixing any possibility of a blowup. "We actually went through a point in our relationship where we wasn't talking. A couple of times. It's to me what makes our relationship real. The other day we were debating about a record, going back and forth yelling. That's what makes this relationship real. This bond is unbreakable. We really grew up together in the industry."
A record featuring Bow and O called "Designated Driver" hit the Net on Monday. There's no word on whether the song will make the Face Off cut. In the song, they tell girls who may have had a little too much to drink that they will drive them home.
"I'm your designated driver, buckle up girl, 'cause I'm taking you home tonight/ I'm laying you up in my bed," O sings on the hook.
"If I throw it at you, can you throw that a-- back?" Bow raps.
"We're going to make them respect our grind and our hustle, the both of us," Bow promised. "They ain't gonna have no choice. It's automatically gonna catch their attention. It's gonna be like nothing they never heard before. They know it's in me to become one of the hottest MCs. They know it's in him to become one of the hottest R&B entertainers, period. We know it's in us, so we gonna bring it out. We're gonna smack them upside the face."
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