Mos Def is hard at work on his upcoming album "The Estatic," but not with Kanye West, as previously reported. The MC is now working closely with Outkast producer Mr. DJ on the project, which is slated for release later this year on Downtown Records.

"Mos Def is a real lyricist," said Mr. DJ. "I've heard a few tracks and they sound like Mos Def times four. He wants to get into songs with hooks this time. Most of his hits were something with a sample, so now he wants to make strong hooks and strong songs."

Due to West's time constraints, DJ says Mos Def's camp reached out to him to see if he was available.

In February, Mos Def previewed several tracks from "The Estatic" including "Pretty Dancer," "Twilight Speedball" and "Super Magic" during an appearance at New York's 92nd Street YMCA. The MC has also worked with producers Madlib, The Neptunes' Chad Hugo, Oh No, DJ Khalil, Al Be Back, Preservation and Mr. Porter for the LP.

Mr. DJ, born David Sheats, began with Outkast as the group's touring DJ and eventually became one of the duo's reliable producers, crafting joints like the Grammy Award winning, "Ms. Jackson." Now Mr. DJ has his own production company, Camp David, and recently worked with Common to create almost half of his upcoming album, "Invincible Summer," slated for a summer release via Geffen.

Mos Def's last album, 2006's "Tru3 Magic," has sold 91,000 copies to-date according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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