Rapper Beanie Sigel was released from prison in New Jersey yesterday (09AUG05), after serving just under a year behind bars on federal gun and drug charges.

Sigel - real name DWIGHT GRANT - still faces a 19 September (05) retrial on an attempted murder charge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to his defence lawyer FORTUNATO N PERRI JR.

The 31-year-old Jay-Z protege released his third album, THE B COMING, in March (05) while behind bars, and now plans to embark on a tour to support the project.

Sigel had pleaded guilty to the federal charges, which stemmed from a 2002 traffic stop in Philadelphia.

The upcoming trial involves a July 2003 shooting outside a west Philadelphia strip club, when Sigel allegedly shot TERRANCE SPELLER repeatedly during a dispute. A jury deadlocked on the charges at an April 2004 trial, which was attended by Jay-Z and his girlfriend Beyonce Knowles.