DMX Talks 'Beast,' Sequel To 'Belly'

Rapper DMX has confirmed that a sequel to the Hip-Hop cult film Belly is in the works titled Beast.

"It's me, Nas and Hype, [Williams, the director of the film]. I go and get [Nas' character in Africa]," DMX told "We start filming this year."

Released in 1998, Belly is an urban drama centered around Tommy (DMX) and Sincere (Nas), former partners in crime who become estranged after

Sincere decides to go straight and Tommy takes on a major drug deal from a Jamaican drug lord.

"We got a sick story and all that," DMX continued. "We're starting this one off how the last one ended and pick it up from there."

The film, which featured Taral Hicks, rappers Method Man and Vita, dancehall artist Louie Rankin and T-Boz from TLC, marked the feature

film directorial debut of music video director Hype Williams.

Williams collaborated with Nas on the movie's screenplay.

Like Williams, Belly marked DMX's first venture in to feature films.

The rapper was slated to star in the drama Marble City, but was dropped by the film's producers and replaced by Ving Rhames.

As of press time, there is no word on when Beast will be released theatrically.