Contrary to online rumors that Island Def Jam cut Disturbing Tha Peace artists Bobby Valentino, Shareefa and newcomer Steph Jones from its roster, Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid instead extended the independent label's partnership.

"The Atlanta hip-hop scene and the Dirty South movement in general owe more than they can ever repay to Chris," says Reid. "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. 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."

Last year, Ludacris' "Release Therapy" won the Grammy for best rap album. In 2007, Disturbing Tha Peace also released Playaz Circle's "Supply & Demand," which has sold 84,000 copies to-date, and Chingy's "Hate Or Love It," which has sold 69,000 units to-date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Playaz Circle's "Duffle Bag Boy" peaked at no. 15 on the Hot 100 while Chingy's "Fly Like Me" reached no. 89. According to Disturbing Tha Peace, Ludacris aims to release his next as-yet-untitled album this summer.