Fat Joe: Evan Agostini/Getty Images/NewsCom; Ruben Studdard: FOX
Brian Hiatt
June 13, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ruben Studdard has begun his post-”Idol” recording career with a really, really heavy collaboration: The Velvet Teddy Bear has teamed up with platinum-selling rapper Fat Joe, according to Studdard’s label, J Records. Joe and Ruben recorded a song named ”Can I Get Your Attention?”. ”The song is a hot summer banger that will introduce Ruben to the world not as an ‘American Idol,’ but as a professional,” Fat Joe told MTV News. There’s no guarantee, however, that the song will be included on Ruben’s debut album, which is tentatively set for release in August.

”Ruben is a gentle giant, and my son loves his work, so that gives me good points with him,” Fat Joe told MTV News. The producer on the session was Harold Lilly, who’s worked with artists ranging from R&B diva Deborah Cox to boy band O-Town. A J Records spokesperson couldn’t provide further scoop on Studdard’s album — or, for that matter, details on the no-doubt staggering catering bill for the Fat Joe confab.

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