Rapper Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel will release their fourth studio album independently in August (15).

Chief Xcel, real name Xavier Mosley, tells Rolling Stone, "Imani Vol. 1 is our fourth album and marks another milestone in our career.

"Each album we do together tends to be a journey within itself that represents a very specific chapter of our lives..."

The album will be the first instalment of a trilogy and it will feature collaborations with funk band Monophonics, vocalist Zap Mama and musician Bosko.