Good news first: Kurupt has teamed up with producer T-Rex for a collaborative full-length effort. The bad news is that the project isn’t set to drop till next year. Those who can’t wait to get their hands on the LP, however, can find an answer to their impatience in the set’s lead single (released early due to a premature leak): “I’ll give you everything you need, All in Time.” It’s hard not to be reassured by the Long Beach legend’s words when they’re being delivered over a beat as relaxing as the mellow mix of piano, brass and warm organ chords his production partner serves up here. As the headliner and guest emcee J-Glaze wax philosophical about life, love and – of course – the therapeutic virtues of good weed, R&B songstress Joy Luv heightens the soulful ambiance with some silky-smooth backing vocals. The end result is so summery-sounding that, for a second there, I felt like I was in sunny California rather than rainy Minneapolis. Ahhh. Anyway, readers can look forward to hearing Kurupt and T-Rex take things To the Next Level in early 2011. In the meantime, fans should watch out for the emcee’s fourth solo album, Streetlights, set to drop (no surprise) on 4/20.