Gang Starr, Jazzmatazz Albums Planned

Hip-hop duo Gang Starr will return to the studio to record their

follow-up to 1998's The Moment of Truth, after they complete their

tour with Rage Against the Machine in December, the group's rapper,

Guru, said Wednesday (Nov. 17). Guru said he and in-demand partner

DJ Premier haven't decided on concepts or songs for the album but

will "continue with hardcore Gang Starr sh--." The group, he said, is

aiming for a June release. Meanwhile, Guru said he also plans to record

a third album, as Jazzmatazz, his reflective jazz side project,

next year once the Gang Starr album is done. Jazz veteran Herbie Hancock,

soul singer D'Angelo and others will guest on that record, and the

Neptunes, DJ Scratch, Premier and Roots drummer

?uestlove will produce tracks. Among the artists on Jazzmatazz

Vol. II: A New Reality, were singers Chaka Khan and Meshell

Ndegeocello and saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Kenny

Garrett.