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Maya Angelou hip-hop album, recorded with her blessing, due out

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Caged Bird Songs includes some vocals which the late author, who 'loved' the project, laid down especially

Maya Angelou's grandson has spoken about one of the late author's final projects: an album, due out this winter, which mixes her poetry and vocals with hip-hop.

Angelou, who died in May, "loved" the project from the beginning, according to her grandson Colin Johnson, who told the Associated Press that some of the 13 songs use pre-recorded vocals from the writer, and some were recorded especially for the new work. The album will be called Caged Bird Songs, in reference to Angelou's most famous piece of writing, her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

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