Luda Signs New Deal W/ Def Jam, DTP Roster Still Unconfirmed

Island Def Jam Music Group has signed a new long-term extension with Ludacris for his Disturbing Tha Peace label. Ya Heard, Island Def Jam Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid announced the new agreement with DTP. While it is clear that the Luda's label will still be backed by Def Jam, the status of several DTP artists - including Shareefa, Steph Jones and Bobby Valentino - is unclear.

"The Atlanta hip-hop scene and the Dirty South movement in general owe more than they can ever repay to Chris," Reid said via a statement. "Our friendship stretches back more than a decade and I never cease to be amazed at his imagination, creativity, and most of all his outrageous sense of humor."

"Now changing business conditions necessitate that we review our respective rosters and focus to ensure that future opportunities and challenges are aggressively achieved," Reid continued. "Ludacris has built Disturbing Tha Peace into one of the iconic names in hip-hop, one that will remain an important part of the Island Def Jam family."

As of press time calls to Def Jam and DTP have not been returned.