Mos Def

New York rapper Mos Def will be hitting the studio for his fourth solo album The Ecstatic set to drop this winter.

Making his official debut on Downtown Records, the Brooklyn-bred emcee is expected to drop the album’s first single “Life in Marvelous Times” on the same day as the presidential election (November 4) as an iTunes exclusive.

The project will follow-up his 2006 Geffen Records release, True Magic, which silently debuted on the Billboard charts.

The Ecstatic is currently scheduled to drop Tuesday, February 9

In related news, the rapper-turned-actor will be joined alongside Rihanna, Macy Gray, Anthony Anderson and others in the upcoming film adaption of late writer Iceberg Slim‘s classic, Mama Black Widow.

Set in the 1930s, the plot revolves around an African-American family’s migration from the racially tense state of Mississippi to the ghetto-themed underworld of Chicago, Illinois. Focused on lead actor Brian J White‘s character, “Otis Tilson,” the story emphasizes his difficulties in trying to keep his family together as they encounter alcoholism, prostitution, sexual deviation and racial injustice.”

Directed by Darren Grant, the film will also star actresses Kerry Washington and Angela Bassett.

No release date has been announced on the production as of yet.

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