Rapper DMX is at the centre of a new album controversy after his representative accused the producers behind an upcoming project of using "stolen music" to dupe fans.

The veteran hip-hop star has been working on long-awaited new material with his producer pal Swizz Beatz, and earlier this week (begs05Jan15), it was announced he would be releasing the disc Redemption of the Beast.

However, the news came as a surprise to Beatz, who promptly took to his Instagram.com page to blast the album as a fake.

Alongside a photo of the proposed cover art, Beatz wrote, "I see a lot of people hitting me about this album!!! I can tell you 100 (per cent) this is not the album X and I are working on!!!! ...Smh (shaking my head) !!!!!! DontdisrespecttheDog (sic) We Got Fire coming".

Dmx's spokesman Dominick Nati has also addressed the album news, claiming the 16 tracks listed on the press release had not been authorised for release.

Nati reveals, "I spoke to Dmx today and he was unaware of the upcoming announcement of the Redemption Of The Beast album. When I read him the projected track list of songs to be released, X said, 'That's all stolen music'.

"Dmx and myself are highly disappointed that trust was broken and that these songs may be released and sold without X's knowledge or consent. Dmx and Swizz Beatz are working on an album together and fans should look to their official social media accounts for accurate information."

Bosses at the Seven Arts independent label, the company behind the project, have since fired back at the criticism, insisting they legally purchased the masters for the songs from the rapper himself in 2012, in a deal which also resulted in the release of his last album, Undisputed, that year.

They also allege that Dmx and his team "fully co-operated" with them as they put the forthcoming project together.

In a statement, Seven Arts Entertainment executive Peter Hoffman writes, "Seven Arts is pleased to release the second album from the 52 masters acquired by Seven Arts from Dmx and his producers in 2012.

"Dmx and his team fully co-operated on the production of this album. Redemption of the Beast was the second album planned for release with Dmx in September of 2012, following the release of Undisputed. These new masters represent the best of this legendary artist and offer production by some of the best in the industry.

"All fans are invited to listen to the music, which is the real thing, the 'rough and ready' of Dmx. The music and artistry speaks for itself."