Crunchy Black Out Of Three 6 Mafia

A spokesman for

Sony Records has confirmed that Three 6 Mafia Member Crunchy Black has severed

his relationship with the Academy Award winning group.

Although there was no reason given for his sudden exodus, the Sony representative

indicated that Crunchy (real name Darnell Carlton) made the decision to leave

on his own and that he was not forced out of the Memphis group.

While industry insiders have speculated on the reason for his departure, the

remaining members took to the radio airwaves to address the situation.

In a recent interview

with Hot 97’s Miss Info, DJ Paul and Juicy J indicated that they haven’t

communicated with Crunchy in several months.

The two further attempted to further explain his absence at the annual Hot 97

Summer Jam concert telling concertgoers that Crunchy had been replaced their

Oscar Award.

In March 2006, Crunchy was identified in a lawsuit filed by a Pittsburgh man

who alleged that he assaulted him as Three 6 performed their song "Let's

Start A Riot" at the Rock Jungle Night Club.

Ramone Williams, who originally filed his lawsuit in July 2005, also named the

club owners and Paul "DJ Paul" Beauregard, Jordan "Juicy J"

Houston and Cedric Coleman as defendants.

Crunchy is reportedly working on a new album tentatively titled From Me to

You, 1 The Hard Way.