Rapper Obie Trice had record label bosses in crisis when he vanished for a night of partying with pal 50 CENT.

Polydor bigwigs were desperate to keep Eminem's two proteges apart when they both performed in London for British TV show Top Of The Pops, knowing the duo could go off the rails if they met.

Music bosses had done their best to make sure the American twosome didn't meet up during filming of the show, but party-mad Obie still managed to track down his P.I.M.P. pal.

The pair danced all night at exclusive club Chinawhite, with Obie going missing until midday yesterday (16OCT03) - infuriating Polydor by nearly missing the soundcheck for his intimate gig that afternoon.

An insider says, "Their dressing rooms weren't close, but they both had such big entourages they couldn't help but see each other."

17/10/2003 02:19