Jay-Z set to return with new album

Rapper writes new record for 'American Gangster' film

Jay-Z is set to release an album of new material this year.

Having come out of retirement for last year’s ’Kingdom Come’, the rapper turned music mogul is releasing ’American Gangster’ on November 6 in the US.

Inspired by the forthcoming film of the same name, Jay-Z insists the release is a collection of all-new material rather than a soundtrack and, according to a statement, is a “a musical journey and lyrical interpretation of snapshots from the upcoming motion picture”.

The film features actors Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe and is based on the true story of 1970s criminal mastermind Frank Lucas who operated in New York.

The film opens on November 2, but a tracklisting for the CD is yet to be confirmed.