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Quick News on MC Lyte, Strong Arm Steady and Bum Squad DJ’s

mc-lyte1.jpgLegendary hip-hop pioneer, MC Lyte, spoke out against the status of the hip-hop industry during her performance at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans over the weekend. During her set, the Associated Press reports Lyte announced her discontent with the politics involving hip-hop music. “It’s more so a business and we’re being consumed by that,” Lyte said. The Brooklyn native also asked fans to call for change within the hip-hop community concerning violent and misogynist lyrics. “We control hip-hop. We make the decisions,” she said. “Anything that degrades woman, that’s not okay with me.”

West Coast underground veterans, Strong Arm Steady, will release their debut album, Deep Hearted, on August 28 on Nature Sounds Records. The LP will feature guest appearances by group founder and former member, Xzibit, Chamillionaire, Juvenile, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Dilated Peoples and Ras Kass.

The Bum Squad DJ’s will host the Second Annual Bum Squad DJ’s Family Reunion at the Los Angeles Marriott from July 26 to 28. Founded by Latin Prince (Universal Motown Director of National Mixshow Promotions), the Bum Squad DJ’s are a collective of industry DJ’s and artists such as DJ Skee, DJ Clark Kent, DJ Eque, Paul Wall, Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz. The crew holds an annual get together every summer in order to celebrate the hottest new music, fashion and entertainment. “The Bum Squad is focused on expanding our brand and this year our corporate participation shows that companies understand the importance of the DJ in getting to the consumer utilizing our resources in innovative ways,” says Latin Prince. “We have DJ’s with shoe deals, headphones, turntables, all types of exciting co-branding situations. So although we specialize in breaking artists, we also help companies take their message to the masses in style with our mass audiences.”

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