Mr. Cheeks and P. Diddy performing the remix of “Lights, Camera, Action!” together at Tuesday’s Urban Aid 2 was just a preview of things to come, according to the Queens MC. “We’ve been rolling since way back, but we have some time where we got to do some things together,” Cheeks said of his relationship with P. Diddy, who he may work with in the studio again. “We’ve got the tour coming with ‘NSYNC and Diddy.”
Cheeks said P.D. has invited him to perform as part of the opening act on ‘NSYNC’s current second leg of their Celebrity tour. From there, Cheeks will kick things for off for another multiplatinum giant – he joins Usher’s 8701 Evolution Tour in May.
“My manager was on his job,” Cheeks said, explaining how he landed the slot on Usher’s tour. “However it came about, I’m just glad to be on it. I’m amped up. I’ve never really been on no main tours like that. That’s crazy major. Heavy duty. I’m meeting a whole new audience.”
Cheeks said he’s not switching up his stage steelo that much despite having to rhyme in front of an unfamiliar demographic of children and teeny-boppers during both tours.
“I’m going to do the same thing,” he said. “I bring me to the table. They may say we can’t curse. We may flavor it up. That’s mostly the only thing we do, censor it up for the kids. We put it down like it was any other show.”
As part of the Lost Boyz, Cheeks gained a rep for being one of hip-hop’s best line-slingers onstage. He said his crew has reconvened in the studio and will possibly put out a fourth album, Take the Streets Back, this fall on his indie label Dianne’s Boys. They’ll definitely be releasing two singles in June.
“We got the first single called ‘Spit Flow,’ and the next joint is ‘Everybody Asking,’ ” he said. “The first one is just a party joint. The second one is just the answer. Everybody’s asking, ‘What’s up with y’all?’ We’re just letting them know we’re still doing it. It’s crazy right now. We’re just working, really.”
Cheeks said fans will be hearing him with Pretty Lou, Spigg Nice and the group’s slain hype man, Freaky Tah. They’re bringing out some of his vocals from the vault.
“We’ve got some songs we did with Tah in the past,” Cheeks said. “We’re gonna spilt them up, put his voice on some joints. We ain’t gonna OD on them, but we’re gonna let them know he’s still with us.”