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Kanye to Executive Produce John Legend’s Next LP

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Kanye West has been busy gearing up for the release of his upcoming fifth album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,’ but he’s ready to hop back into the production chair. The ‘Power’ rapper is set to link back up with his G.O.O.D. Music signee John Legend to serve as executive producer for his upcoming as-yet-untitled LP.

“Well, Kanye and I are gonna go into the studio and work on my next album,” Legend told Vibe.com. “My next solo project will be executive produced by me and Kanye and we’re gonna go into the studio soon to start working on it.”

Legend, who most recently worked with ‘Ye on G.O.O.D. Friday track ‘Christian Dior Denim Flow’ and album cut ‘Blame Game,’ first rose to prominence under the hotheaded rapper, contributing vocals and keys to Kanye’s debut ‘The College Dropout.’ Splitting executive production duties on Legend’s 2004 debut ‘Get Lifted,’ the pair has continued to work with one another over the past six years.

The sultry singer, whose real name is John Stephens, most released his politically-minded collabo album ‘Wake Up!’ with The Roots. The offering, which included soulful covers of tracks by Nina Simone, Bill Withers and Donny Hathaway, was released in September, selling 63,000 copies in its first week.

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