Rapper Jay-Z is to release a second album in less than a year based on a crime thriller coming out this winter.

All the material on the album is new and is inspired by specific scenes from the forthcoming film American Gangster, starring Denzil Washington, Russell Crowe and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Set in the 1970s, the movie sees a detective try to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, told the New York Times that the film inspired a new burst of creativity and he has already written nine tracks.

"It was like I was watching the film, and putting it on pause, and giving a back story to the story," he said.

"[American Gangster] immediately clicked with me. Like Scarface, or any one of those films, you take the good out of it, and you can see it as an inspiring film."

The album will be released to coincide with the film's screenings in November and alongside an official soundtrack.

Jay-Z's last album, Kingdom Come, was heralded as the star's comeback and debuted at number one on the US Billboard chart.

20/09/2007 15:45:31