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Veteran music stars Freedom Williams and Spyder D enter the Continental Basketball Association as owners of new franchise in Atlanta called "The Krunk."

Hip Hop musical icons C&C Music Factory's Freedom Williams and rap producer/artist pioneer Duane "Spyder" Hughes, form an alliance to bring pro basketball to Atlanta.

The two have formed Atlanta Krunk Basketball, LLC, along with minority partner Andrew Schwab, to bring a minor league basketball franchise that will enter the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).

The CBA has operated successfully for more than 60 years, and has been responsible for several prominent players and coaches eventual placement in the NBA, including nine time NBA Champion coach Phil Jackson.

Freedom Williams says, "We at the Krunk organization, along with the city of Atlanta, are ecstatic about the possibilities of merging music, (thus, Krunk), and sports to bring the consumer a unique experience in sight and sound.

"We will bring all our resources to bear in this endeavor. The merger of music and sports has been flourishing for several years now, but never has a sports franchise designed both into its projections. We look forward to very exciting and groundbreaking achievements for years to come."

"Spyder" Hughes added, "We are in the midst of negotiating our venue and other administrative tasks, and we should be announcing the hiring of a head coach within a week or so. It's a great opportunity for Freedom and myself to work together, and with the staff we are putting together in Atlanta, and combining the entertainment element, the city is in store for some new excitement."

Veteran sports media consultant Derrick Pearson, who is slated to a weekly CBA sports show called CBA Pro Talk, where he will cover select CBA games via internet broadcast, has been tabbed as the General Manager for the new ball club, and will handle all day to day operations for the two music stars, as well as handle the Radio Broadcast Executive for Trinity Sports & Entertainment Group, who owns four CBA teams slated to play this season. Spyder will also double as a VP of Entertainment for the group.

The rap pioneer Spyder is also set to launch his Spydo Mobile cell phone division, which will be premiering previously unreleased music from The Ghetto Fighters with guitar/rock legend Jimi Hendrix featured on lead and solo guitar in a series called "Urban Street Tales", and is also to receive a songwriters award on August 30th, at the BMI Urban Awards in New York for his contribution to the platinum selling Dr. Dre/50 Cent production of. The Game's "How We Do". Spyder is also simultaneously relaunching Newtroit Records, his pioneering Hip-Hop label, that will be distributed through Universal's Empire MusicWerks/Tofa Enterprises. The first video released will feature Chrissy Wallace, the daughter/niece of NASCAR drivers Mike, Ken and Rusty Wallace. Young Chrissy is creating quite a stir on the race circuit herself, as she has won several events racing out of Charlotte, NC. Spyder has designed a racing jacket, inspired by Chrissy's exciting race style, and that jacket is scheduled to go into manufacture this fall.

Freedom Williams, who is 5 X American Music Award winner, Grammy Award nominee, MTV award winner, 5 X Billboard Award winner, and 8 X platinum recording artist, is lending his 20 year veteran platinum touch to the his newly formed FWE (Freedom Williams Entertainment). After dropping his successful Wendy Williams Diss Tape (FWE Vol 1 on the Streets of New York), in the summer of 05, he came back with the Bed Stuy Mafia "Hard Pieces" mix tape which featured the "FWE All Stars." The premiere artist out of the FWE camp, *Alkebulan*, is blazing up the Billboard charts at press time, and is currently number 47 on the dance charts in that respective magazine, and, radio is currently clamoring for the single entitled Pride (InYour Soul), which will be delivered to radio by the second week of Aug. A video was shot for the single entitled "*Not Love At First Sight*", which is a wonderful ballad produced by super producer *Ra-Sun*. The single is currently being promoted to BETJ. Freedom is putting the finishing touches on a full blown production facility in Brooklyn New York. This facility will have a recording studio, offices, and a video editing room and will be capable of producing almost all aspects of the life of the creation of a song in the 21st century. Currently FWE has a staff of five people and looks to expand this fall to a staff of 10.


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