As if releasing an album with West Coast emcee Murs wasn’t enough for 2010, North Carolina producer 9th Wonder is teaming up with rapper/producer David Banner to give listeners Death Of A Pop Star.

Creating a concept album that they felt was important for a new era of Hip Hop, Banner stated, “Death Of A Pop Star is needed for a balance in the music landscape right now, just like 2 Live Crew and A Tribe Called Quest were once needed at the same time.”

9th Wonder, who has done several collaborative projects in the past (Buckshot, Jean Grae, Murs) said the new album with the Mississippi veteran was a natural progression for both artists. “David Banner and I both share the same views on topics such as manhood, being black in America in present day, and the state of black music in general. David and I hash out a lot of options before we actually do a song. Once we get past all the options, the end result is always clear.”

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Explaining they both plan on keeping this topic current as an on-going series, Banner added, “This concept is bigger than Hip Hop music. It shows us that young people do have soul.”

Death Of A Pop Star will be released later this year through Big Face Entertainment.