Onyx's Fredro Starr Inks Deal, Adopts "Firestarr" Tag

In the wake of wrapping his newest film project, ex-Onyx rapper Fredro Starr has just inked a new record deal with Koch Records and plans to issue his first solo album in October under his new tag, Firestarr.

The new, as-yet-untitled record will be Starr's first music-related release since Onyx's last album, 1998's "Shut 'Em Down." Starr has spent the majority of the last two years developing his acting career, including roles in such films as "Ride" and "Light It Up" (see "Onyx's Fredro Starr Joins Usher For New Film").

"Die 4 Rap" will be the lead single from the new Firestarr album, and Starr plans to shoot a video for the track in the next few weeks.

Starr isn't the only former member of Onyx branching out with solo projects, as one of his bandmates, Sticky Fingaz, plans to issue his own album, titled "Black Trash," later this year (see "Sticky Fingaz Goes On Trial

For Solo Debut").

In February, Starr completed filming "Save The last Dance," a movie in which he stars opposite Julia Stiles in a story that details the problems and issues facing an interracial high-school couple in Chicago.

"Save The Last Dance" was directed by Thomas Carter from a screenplay by Duane Adler, Cheryl Edwards, and Toni Ann Johnson. The film is tentatively set to arrive on screens on January 12, 2001.