LL Cool J is at work on his as-yet-untitled next Def Jam album, which is expected to be released sometime in 2006.

LL Cool J is at work on his as-yet-untitled next Def Jam album, which is expected to be released sometime in 2006. Backstage last night (Oct. 26) at the BET 25th anniversary celebration in Los Angeles, the rapper said the set will feature guest appearances from Mary J. Blige, 112 and Teairra Mari.

The album will be the follow-up to 2004's "The DEFinition," which debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 743,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Meanwhile, the rapper said he has signed a nine-picture deal with Lions Gate Film to produce movies, and also has the option of acting in the projects.

LL Cool J will next be seen in "Last Holiday," which stars Queen Latifah and is due Jan. 13 in U.S. theaters. He also appears in "Edison," which marks the film debut for pop star Justin Timberlake.