Mos Def Signs New Label Deal, Drafts Kanye West For Upcoming Project

 Mos Def has tapped longtime friend Kanye West to work on his upcoming album under his new label contract with Downtown Recordings.


According to Billboard, Mos, who recently signed to the label, is beginning work on the disc and has enlisted the Louis Vuitton Don to produce several tracks. The two have worked together numerous times in the past including Mos lending guest verses to Ye on the tracks "Two Words" from The College Dropout and "Drunk and Hot Girls" from Kanye's latest set Graduation. Kanye has also laid tracks for the Brooklyn-bred lyricist previously including "Sunshine" from Mos' The New Danger.

Downtown label head John Deutsch said that the imprint, whose roster includes Gnarls Barkley and Kevin Michael, has no plans of re-releasing Mos Def's latest offering, Tru3 Magic. The disc received virtually no promotion from Geffen Records and in result only managed to move 86,000 units.

In addition to working on the new disc, Mos also is said to have eight movie roles in the works through 2009, including a part in the Danny Glover-directed film "Toussaint."

In related news, according to Entertainment Tonight, in wake of the passing of his mother Dr. Donda West, Kanye has cancelled his performance at the 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which was scheduled to tape yesterday (November 15). The show will air without Ye on December 4 on CBS.

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