Jay-Z will release his second album in a year, "American Gangster," this week via Def Jam.

Jay-Z will release his second album in a year, "American Gangster," this week via Def Jam. The album features all new original material inspired by the upcoming movie of the same name starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. The trailer for the film features Jay-Z's "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)," from his 2001 album "The Blueprint."

"American Gangster," which also features rappers T.I., Common and RZA in supporting roles, is based on the life of drug kingpin-turned-informant Frank Lucas (Washington), who shipped heroin to the United States in the coffins of soldiers killed in Vietnam. Lucas was brought to justice by lawman Richie Roberts (Crowe). The two then worked together to expose the crooked cops and foreign nationals.

Jay-Z's album, which sports production from Just Blaze, Pharrell Williams and P. Diddy, follows quickly on the heels of last year's "Kingdom Come," his much-touted "comeback" project. It has sold about 1.5 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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