KRS-One Turns To Puffy, Wyclef For "Maximum Strength"

While attending a party to mark the impending premiere of MTV News' "Back In The Day" [KRS-One Live, 700k QuickTime] hip-hop documentary (which hits the airwaves on February 21), the rapper told our accomplices in the MTV Radio Network that the hip-hop titan will be lending a hand on KRS-One's next album, titled "Maximum Strength."

The two teamed up before when Puffy remixed KRS-One's "Step Into A World" from the rapper's last album, 1997's "I Got Next."

"We got these two tracks produced by Puffy," the rapper told MTV Radio, "For all those heads out there that were aggravated with the last album because of Puffy's appearance, we figured we'd really take you to the Tylenol level and have two tracks by Puffy."

The Fugees' Wyclef Jean also helps out on the album, producing a KRS-One-produced track that the rapper

wanted Wyclef to "take to the next level" [300k Audio File].

When "Maximum Strength" arrives later this year, it will also feature the work of producers Showbiz, Domingo, and Jesse West, who produced the album version of "Step Into A World."

In addition to working on his album, KRS-One is also gearing up for his first-ever Hip-Hop Appreciation Week, which runs from May 19 through 24. The rapper is also moving ahead with the Temple Of Hip-Hop project that he first told us about at last year's Tibetan Freedom Concert (see "KRS-One To Bring Old School To The Classroom").