May 14, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Death wish
With imprisoned Death Row Records chief Marion ”Suge” Knight under investigation for the 1997 murder of the Notorious B.I.G., the future looks fairly dire for the once mighty gangsta-rap label. In what may have been a desperate ploy to rekindle interest in the company, Death Row reportedly offered an A&R job to erratic basketball star Dennis Rodman. An April 17 AP story on Rodman’s prospects following his firing by the L.A. Lakers quoted Death Row spokesperson Trece Tiburcio saying, ”We would love to have Dennis be a part of our company. We have had contact with his agency.” But a Rodman rep says it’s ”not very likely” he’ll accept the position: ”Dennis is much closer to the music of Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots than he is to rap.” Death Row had no comment — although a call to the label did reveal that Tiburcio ”no longer works here.”

Teen angels
”May the Force be with you” is the new mantra for record execs interested in cashing in on teen pop. That’s Force, as in Full Force, the six-man writing/production team responsible for the Backstreet Boys’ current smash ”All I Have to Give,” as well as songs by ‘N Sync, C Note, and, on her next album, Britney Spears; says Full Force leader Bowlegged Lou, ”We’re the black magic behind a lot of this white-teen stuff.” More than 10 years after their success with Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Full Force is hot again. ”I get calls every day asking, ‘Yo, can you help us with some of this pop s —?”’ says Lou, who’s preparing to enter the studio with ‘N Sync. ”Bowlegged Lou is the man,” says Backstreet Boy Howie D. ”Full Force will definitely work on our next album.” The Force just produced a demo for D’s sister, Pollyanna Dorough, and is grooming 9-year-old singer Colby O’Donis for stardom. But seriously, bro, how long can teen pop last? ”It should’ve ended already,” says Lou, ”but there’s more on the horizon. I don’t think it’s going away.”

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