Her compilation, "Wendy Williams Brings the Heat: Volume 1," will hit stores June 28 via Virgin.
Radio personality Wendy Williams, who handles afternoon drive at R&B/hip-hop radio station WBLS New York, is also a TV host (VH1's "Wendy Williams Is on Fire") and best-selling author ("The Wendy Williams Experience," named for her SupeRadio-syndicated show). Now the self-dubbed Queen of All Media is preparing to add "recording artist" to her resume.
Her compilation, "Wendy Williams Brings the Heat: Volume 1," will hit stores June 28 via Virgin. The CD contains tracks, many of them exclusive, by Amerie featuring Nas, Jadakiss, Beenie Man, Guerilla Black and M.O.P., plus one song with a spoken-word interlude by Williams.
"I love M.O.P. I've loved them since they first hit the map," she tells Billboard of her decision to include the hip-hop duo. "They have a grimy type of rhyme style. [It's] very 'hood ... but I've never grown out of that, and that's what I wanted on my CD."
Williams also gives a nod to the Dirty South with Atlanta newcomer Young Jeezy. "It was important to me to get some music from the South," she says. "Being syndicated, I've learned to accept, embrace and love all music. Besides, it's not hard to love music from the South. It's infectious."
Williams describes the compilation as a labor of love in which she maintained creative control. She collaborated with the album's executive producer, Kevin Hunter, on everything from selecting the artists to sequencing the tracks. "I definitely had my hands in all aspects of this CD," Williams says. "It was important to me that this album was a reflection of me."
To fans, she offers this advice: "Just smile, snap your neck, open your sunroof and enjoy."