AHH Stray News: Bubba Sparxxx, Def on Demand, Young Buck, Flavor Flav

Atlanta, Georgia rap duo Outkast have launched a new label and recently signed fellow Georgian rapper Bubba Sparxxx.…

Atlanta, Georgia rap

duo Outkast have launched a new label and recently signed fellow Georgian rapper

Bubba Sparxxx. Outkast’s Purple Label also inked a distribution deal with

Virgin. Sparxxx, formerly on Interscope, first hit big with his 2001 single “Ugly”

from his Timbaland produced major label debut Dark Days, Bright Nights,

as well as 2003’s “Deliverance,” taken from his album of the

same name. Organized Noise/Dungeon Family member Sleepy Brown is best known for

his vocal performance on Big Boi’s hit “The Way You Move,” taken

from their critical and commercial success, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.

Simmons Lathan

Media Group (SLMG), owned by Russell Simmons and TV honcho Stan Lathan, have

teamed with Clear Channel to produce music and fashion related shows. The union

will produce “Def On Demand Live!” 12 music and fashion related

shows for their Def On Demand subsidiary. The productions will be distributed

via television and is part of a two-year-agreement between the companies that

will create original programming for the On Demand service. "We are extremely

pleased to be partnering with Clear Channel, a world leader in the production

of live entertainment events," said Will Griffin, President of SLMG. "With

our focus in urban entertainment, and our ability within Def On Demand Live!

to draw on the creative experience of our co-founders Russell Simmons and Stan

Lathan, we look forward to our partnership with Clear Channel and believe that

together we can continue to develop and produce the compelling live events for

which we are known."

Young Buck gave

his first performance in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee last night (Dec.

12). Buck, who was charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a

man at the Vibe Awards who assaulted Dr. Dre, is free on $500,000 bond. Fans

who attended the concert at the Gateway Entertainment Complex faced heavy security,

as the venue used metal detectors for the first time in the establishment’s


Flavor Flav is

working on a new solo album as well as a new album with Public Enemy group member

Chuck D. The untitled album will be released independently and Flavor said that

he would fund the project himself, in order to avoid being signed to another

record label. Flavor Flav also said the new Public Enemy album is near completion,

but the group has yet-to-determine what record label it will be released on.

Flavor Flav experienced a surge in popularity thanks to his television romance

with Brigitte Nielsen on “The Surreal Life.” Flavor returns to television

early next year with Nielsen on the VH1 reality show “Strange Love.”