Actress/Comedienne Yvette Wilson Launches Label

Actress and comedienne

Yvette Wilson has launched a new record label, Fat Daddy Records, with husband

her Jerome Harry.

In addition to

having roles in “Friday” and “Poetic Justice,” Wilson

is known to millions as Andell on UPN’s “The Parkers” and


According to Wilson,

her background in the entertainment industry and her husband’s enthusiasm

for rap led them to start the label.

“My work

has always been rooted in Hip-Hop,” Wilson said. “To be more direct

about it, that goes way beyond my work. Both my husband’s and my entire

life are rooted in Hip-Hop. Hip-Hop is 30 years old, so it’s been around

since we’ve been around. It’s not a choice of genre of music that

we picked, it’s a lifestyle. We have always lived that lifestyle. It’s

just evolving. The kids who used to listen to Hip-Hop are now adults that listen

to Hip-Hop. My family is what I consider second generation Hip-Hop, my husband,

myself and my kids.”

The first release

from the fledging new label will be Oakland-born rapper Habitt. The company

is preparing his debut, Talk Of The Town, which will be available early

next year.

Wilson explained

that her work with Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam cemented the direction

in which she wanted to take her life.


Simmons and Hip-Hop brought us new possibilities and a new outlook with that

show, which was a Hip-Hop vehicle that exposed us to what dreams and aspirations

could be reached,” she said. “Hip-Hop is a state of mind that is

freedom from a certain type of oppression. We have ‘hoods all over the

world now. Although we are from the‘hood, it’s not really a location,

but a place in your heart, and what holds you to a certain place.”

Partner and husband

Jerome Harry, who has guided the careers of Knock’Turn’al and 4th

Avenue Jones added, “This is where we are going to get our artists, and

we look forward to discovering new talent. We very much want to help other people

achieve the lifestyle that we enjoy.”

Fat Daddy Records

will be distributed by Penalty/Ryko/WEA Distribution.