Talib Kweli's partnership with singer-songwriter Res is set to release its first LP on Nov. 1.
"We're just challenging ourselves to see if we can make upbeat dance music without sacrificing our artistic integrity," Kweli told Rolling Stone.
"People look at me as underground hip-hop artist and at Res as a neo-soul singer," Kweli goes on, "but the combination of our influences is so much greater than the boxes that people put us in."
Rolling Stone reports that Kweli and Res are also planning solo releases in 2012. Kweli's Prisoner of Conscience features Mos Def, Seu Jorge, Kendrick Lamar, Curren$y and Melanie Fiona. Res is working on an album called Reset and an EP of Fleetwood Mac covers, called ReFriedMac.