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Ray J Prepares New Album

Ray J, younger brother to teen diva Brandy, is hard at work on his second album and can count his sister and Jodeci's DeVante Swing among his collaborators.

The young singer is pleased with the album thus far and calls the material "a little more edgy" than his work on 1997's "Everything You Want." Aside from working on tracks with Noontime, Ray is also self-producing some tracks and working with his sister, two tings he's very pleased about.

Oh, it feels good," Ray told MTV News recently. "I've been producing since I was like twelve, so it's all coming to life on this project.

My sister Brandy's doing some stuff on it with me, writing, she's looking out for me too. So, she'll be on the project too. I ain't gonna forget about her.

Ray J is also doing some tracks with DeVante Swing, a founding member of one of the groups Ray grew up listening to -- Jodeci.

Oh, DeVante's cool. We really got a good vibe," Ray J said of Swing's

studio work ethic. "He was the [producer] I vibed with the most. We sat in [the studio] all night. We worked all night long, 24 hours a day. It was off the hook. It was a good experience for me.

Atlantic Records hopes to release Ray J's album, working title "The Ray J Project," in the fall. The singer is still in the studio completing songs and hopes to log some time with hitmaker Rodney Jerkins.

Ray has also kept himself busy recently with a recurring role on his sister's UPN sitcom "Moesha," which airs on Monday nights.