After almost three years since his last release, New York rapper Mos Def recently talked album details for his forthcoming album The Ecstatic.

Mos hinted at a few guest appearances and his aim to re-vive HBO’s “Def Poetry.”

“The name of the album is The Ecstatic. I titled it after one of my favorite novels by Victor LaValle and I’m really excited about it — it’s a lot shorter than some of my previous work but it’s still really full. [Guests include] Slick Rick, Jay Electronica, Black Thought and working with Madlib.”

“For 2009, I got a couple of different projects on deck. Definitely looking forward to bringing ‘Def Poetry’ back to television for at least one more season. I’d like to do it in New Orleans in the ninth ward.” (Zune Insider)

The rapper-turned-actor’s upcoming disc’s production began last year.

Mos Def will release his Downtown debut, The Ecstatic, on Feb. 9. The first single, “Life in Marvelous Times,” hit iTunes as an exclusive on Nov. 4. (Billboard)

Def’s new release will be his fourth solo project after the unusual release of True Magic.

Mos Def released his third solo album, True Magic in 2006. A contract-fulfilling release for Geffen, which had absorbed Rawkus years prior, the album trickled out in a small run during the last week of 2006. Bizarrely, the disc came with no artwork and was sold in a clear plastic case — though its single, “Undeniable,” did manage to grab a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance. Months later, Geffen re-released it with full artwork and a slightly different track listing. (All Music)

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