Mos Def is in the studio working on a new funk-rock project called Jack Johnson, in which the socially conscious rapper is joined by P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell and the former Living Colour rhythm section of Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun.
According to a publicist for the Black Star rapper, the group also featuring guitarist Dr. Know from punk-reggae band Bad Brains is recording at Longview Studio in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, and hopes to have the as-yet-untitled album out in late spring.
The band is named after the first black boxing champion who won the heavyweight title in 1908. In 1970, the late trumpeter Miles Davis released A Tribute to Jack Johnson, a jazz-fusion soundtrack to a documentary about the African-American icon.
Mos Def's first solo album, Black on Both Sides, came out in 1999 and featured the single "Mathematics".