It's been over two years since former Three 6 Mafia member "Crunchy Black," born Darnell Carlton, left the Academy-Award winning group Three 6 Mafia. The breakup came after Crunchy Black along with partners and co-founders Paul "DJ Paul" Beauregard and Jordan "Juicy J" Houston took the stage at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony to accept the Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp."
Since then, Crunchy Black has 'laid low' and off the scene except for a court case here or there, to reportedly joining the new Prophet Posse which were still all more than two years ago back in 2006.
It wasn't until back in April 2008, that Crunchy had even been sighted in the media, which he did later after an appearance on Beale Street in Memphis which was caught in a picture with Memphisrap.com's Deanna Brown.
Well now, as recently reported, Crunchy Black has returned to the scene to perform songs in Memphis from his past and upcoming new album release.
Also mentioned in that report was news that Crunchy would be featured in the Playbook edition of The Commerical Appeal which was published on the newspaper's website on this week.
In the feature, Crunchy Black spoke with Commerical Appeal's Andria Lisle a little about his plans to leave his group Three 6 Mafia before the Oscars, and he talks about his talk with God, and how he's planning to bring "gangsta music back the right way" with his new album.
Here's a a piece of that feature:
"It wasn't the big stuff that mattered -- it's the little stuff that hurts.. I was already planning on leaving [Three 6 Mafia] before the Oscars, but I thought if I stayed a little bit longer, more folks would know me."
"All my friends were gone -- I had people who were hanging on, who weren't my friends in the first place."
"I was talking to God about the work I was doing on my own, and I was spending all my time in the studio, because God said I needed to give it 100 percent."
"I could make 'hood money, but I wanted to make real money, so God told me I didn't need a real producer -- I needed someone who could talk money."
"Being on my own, I've tried to focus on giving the people a change -- I'm trying to bring gangsta music back the right way, with a crunk-wise vibe and a better message."
"No more 'funky bitches,' no more weed songs, no get high songs, no powder songs. I've got other things I can talk about -- the good part of life."
For the full feature, logon to The Commercial Appeal's Andra Lisle's article, entitled "Crunchy Black: Climbing back up a steep rap ladder."