Fabolous is prepping his forthcoming album for an August release via Def Jam. The Queens rapper revealed that the set is inspired by a film, similar to the path Jay-Z took with his "American Gangster" album, which emulated the movie by the same name.

"I always wanted to use a theme for my album, like how Jay[-Z] used 'American Gangster' because he saw a character that was relatable to him. I want to take scenarios and turn them into records, and vice versa," the rapper told Billboard.biz.

Producers tapped for the as-yet-untitled album include DJ Toomp, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz and Polow Da Don. A single or promotional track will tentatively be serviced to radio formats in May.

The upcoming album comes at the heels of Fabolous' 2007 release, "From Nothin' To Somethin'," which moved 542,000 copies to date in the United States according to Nielsen Soundscan.

As previously reported, Fabolous will be teaming up with OneRepublic in the spring for the "Crocs Next Step Campus" Tour beginning April 10th at Florida International University and wrapping up May 3rd on Albany, N.Y.

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