Rapper Mos Def working with Kanye West on album

Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:17am EST

Mos Def performs a song about New York by Gil Scott Heron during the Freedom Concert presented by the American Civil Liberties Union at Lincoln Center in New York, October 4, 2004. REUTERS/Henny Ray Abrams

Mos Def performs a song about New York by Gil Scott Heron during the Freedom Concert presented by the American Civil Liberties Union at Lincoln Center in New York, October 4, 2004.

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NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rapper Mos Def is working on his debut release for indie label Downtown Recordings, after his major-label swan song died a quick death last year.

According to Downtown head Josh Deutsch, Kanye West will produce some tracks on the as-yet-untitled record. Mos Def recently appeared on the track "Drunk and Hot Girls" from West's new album, "Graduation."

Deutsch said Downtown has no plans to reissue Mos Def's last release, "Tru3 Magic." The Geffen Records set was pushed back numerous times and eventually appeared with no fanfare in late December. It has sold just 86,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Although he didn't appear in a film in 2007, Mos Def has no less than eight movie roles pending through 2009, including an appearance in the Danny Glover-directed "Toussaint."

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