Beanie Readies Return, Talks About Hip-Hop's Downfall

 Beanie Sigel is looking to fellow Philadelphians Dre & Vidal for help crafting his forthcoming album.

Sigel (born Dwight Grant) told Billboard.com that he's been in the studio with the songwriting/production duo, and hopes to complete the currently untitled set in time for an early release next year. Beans is confident the Philly triumvirate will turn out a classic album.

"Dre & Vidal are the new millennium Gamble & Huff," Sigel told Billboard.com. "With me, you're looking at the new Teddy Pendergrass of hip-hop. We're here to turn off a lot of people's lights."

"Both musically and lyrically, hip-hop has declined within the last three years," the MC added, speaking frankly about the current state of hip-hop. "There's no substance. No one is talking about anything but there's a lot going on in terms of current events and other issues."

There has been plenty in the way of current events and issues for Sigel, who was recently shot twice in the arm during a botched robbery attempt this May. He managed to drive himself to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was treated for his injuries and released within a day. The police investigation that followed resulted in controversy when a source revealed that police were looking at the possibility the shooting might have been a publicity stunt.

The new album follows up Sigel's 2005 release The B.Coming, which sold 405,000 copies domestically according to Nielsen SoundScan. According to sources Beanie is still signed to Roc-A- Fella Records.

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