True Magic, initially set to be titled as Tru3 Magic, is the third studio album by American hip hop artist Mos Def, released December 29, 2006 on Geffen Records in the United States. Following an online leak of the album, it featured limited release, with distribution in only the United States and France through Geffen. The album's CD release was issued with a clear plastic case without a booklet, cover art, lyrics, or credits. Upon release, True Magic received generally mixed or average from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 45/100 from Metacritic.
Mos Def's last album on Geffen Records and was released on December 29, 2006. True Magic features production from The Neptunes, Rich Harrison and Minnesota, among others. The album was released in a clear-case with no cover art. The song "Crime & Medicine" samples GZA's 1995 single "Liquid Swords", while the song "Dollar Day" uses the same beat as Juvenile's "Nolia Clap". Also, the track "Undeniable" samples a version of the Barrett Strong/Norman Whitfield composition "Message from a Black Man". MTV reported that this album isn't a full version, but a teaser/promotional debut. A new version of the album would be released spring 2007, with updated songs and cover art. On October 17, 2007, Okayplayer reported, through discussions with Mos Def's management, that these rumors were unsubstantiated. The CD was intended to be released without promotion or cover art, as per Mos Def's request. There would be no future re-release.