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MC Lyte’s Business Company, Sunni Gyrl, Responds To Claims They Cheated An Illustrator Out Of Money

Early Tuesday morning, the world was hit with news about one of its favorite emcees, MC Lyte.

TMZ reported that one of Hip-Hop’s legends, Lyte might not be light as a rock, after hearing that one of her former employees Christopher Smith secured an attorney to address claims that she has not paid him for services rendered.  Lyte (whose real name Lana Michelle Moorer) hired Smith to work on an upcoming project.

As alleged by the suit, Lyte’s entertainment management and production firm, Sunni Gyrl, procured him as an artist, animator and writer for this project. After 1,228 hours on the job, TMZreports that Smith believes that he was owed $38,375 for his artwork and time. However, something went wrong in the working relationship and Smith was terminated. He states via his lawyer and the documents filed that Lyte and her business partner gave him a check for $11,250 (about 1/3 of the fee owed), but that check was no good.

But there are always two sides to every story.

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Dr. Catrina Pullum, publicist for Sunni Gyrl, Inc. responded in an official statement. Please see below:

Official Statement:

Christopher Smith was doing illustrations for a development project.  Mr. Smith grew impatient during the development process and demanded payment of $6,000; a settlement agreement was reached to compensate Mr. Smith in exchange for a customary transfer of ownership of his work-product, which Mr. Smith signed.  

Mr. Smith took half of the settlement payment, and then refused to turn over the original files that belong to Sunni Gyrl.   A stop payment was placed on the check referenced in the lawsuit, after Mr. Smith failed to produce the files for the illustrations he claims he created.   As a measure of good faith, Sunni Gyrl placed funds into its attorneys’ Client Trust Account with instructions to pay Mr. Smith upon receipt of the files he refuses to release. 

Mr. Smith’s frivolous lawsuit is smoke-and-mirrors and a misguided attempt to publicly harass and intimidate MC Lyte and Sunni Gyrl.   We will vigorously defend ourselves against this meritless lawsuit and file a counter claim for the return of our property.  

Dr. Catrina Pullum

Publicist

Sunni Gyrl, Inc.

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Eminem Names His Top 12 Rap Diss Songs Of All-Time (Audio)

Early in this decade, Cormega proved that one could still make major noise through the independent channel. The Queensbridge veteran accomplished more on his own than any famed label could seemingly do for the unique spitter. Throughout the last 20 years, Mega has fed his faithful fan-base with award-winning gems like The Realness and The True Meaning to incredibly introspective projects like Born and Raised and Mega Philosophy. Cormega never fails to deliver the real. Now, for the first time in four years, Mega is giving fans another vivid update of his life experiences through music.

MEGA is an abbreviated release as the title may suggest, but it packs a punch. On the song “Empty Promises,” Cory draws from his trademark well of lyrics about honor and betrayal – something he’s dealt with a lot personally and professionally. “A man with everything that lacks integrity is morally bankrupt,” he raps to open the song’s second verse. “You can’t buy dignity / The wilder side fools grasp for petty things / Words ain’t real if they lack sincerity / Those who never seek never find anything / My relentless pursuit got me seein’ better things.

Capone-N-Noreaga Join Forces With Cormega To Rule A Track Like Queens Kings (Audio)

On the more uplifting “Live Your Best Life,” Cormega stresses the importance of putting oneself first and the struggles of helping those who don’t want guidance. “When you been through the worst, learn from it / Every lesson is a blessin’ and a curse,” he raps on the track, which features an opening verse from Mobb Deep’s Havoc. “Every day a step closer to the essence / Live your best life, put yourself first / When you been through the worst, learn from it / Every lesson is a blessin’ and a curse.” For an MC known for working with DJ Premier, Large Professor, Hi-Tek, Pete Rock, Alchemist, and others, these sounds mark a change in direction. The beats favor pianos and synth above drums. This evocative lyricist found tracks to match his many moods.

Interestingly, the physical and DSP versions of MEGA include the instrumentals for all of the tracks on the EP. The entire project is available for streaming on all major platforms and for those who want to purchase it, CD, cassette and vinyl versions of Cormega’s latest can be purchased via Red Line Music Distribution.

Cormega Breaks Down Themes Of Mega Philosophy, Solidifying Legacy, & Addresses Flow

Earlier this year, Mega appeared on Kool G Rap & 38 Spesh’s “Dead Or Alive” as well as Vanderslice’s “The Best Interlude Money Can Buy.”

Press photo by Robert Adam Mayer.

Early in this decade, Cormega proved that one could still make major noise through the independent channel. The Queensbridge veteran accomplished more on his own than any famed label could seemingly do for the unique spitter. Throughout the last 20 years, Mega has fed his faithful fan-base with award-winning gems like The Realness and The True Meaning to incredibly introspective projects like Born and Raised and Mega Philosophy. Cormega never fails to deliver the real. Now, for the first time in four years, Mega is giving fans another vivid update of his life experiences through music.

MEGA is an abbreviated release as the title may suggest, but it packs a punch. On the song “Empty Promises,” Cory draws from his trademark well of lyrics about honor and betrayal – something he’s dealt with a lot personally and professionally. “A man with everything that lacks integrity is morally bankrupt,” he raps to open the song’s second verse. “You can’t buy dignity / The wilder side fools grasp for petty things / Words ain’t real if they lack sincerity / Those who never seek never find anything / My relentless pursuit got me seein’ better things.

Capone-N-Noreaga Join Forces With Cormega To Rule A Track Like Queens Kings (Audio)

On the more uplifting “Live Your Best Life,” Cormega stresses the importance of putting oneself first and the struggles of helping those who don’t want guidance. “When you been through the worst, learn from it / Every lesson is a blessin’ and a curse,” he raps on the track, which features an opening verse from Mobb Deep’s Havoc. “Every day a step closer to the essence / Live your best life, put yourself first / When you been through the worst, learn from it / Every lesson is a blessin’ and a curse.” For an MC known for working with DJ Premier, Large Professor, Hi-Tek, Pete Rock, Alchemist, and others, these sounds mark a change in direction. The beats favor pianos and synth above drums. This evocative lyricist found tracks to match his many moods.

Interestingly, the physical and DSP versions of MEGA include the instrumentals for all of the tracks on the EP. The entire project is available for streaming on all major platforms and for those who want to purchase it, CD, cassette and vinyl versions of Cormega’s latest can be purchased via Red Line Music Distribution.

Cormega Breaks Down Themes Of Mega Philosophy, Solidifying Legacy, & Addresses Flow

Earlier this year, Mega appeared on Kool G Rap & 38 Spesh’s “Dead Or Alive” as well as Vanderslice’s “The Best Interlude Money Can Buy.”

Press photo by Robert Adam Mayer.

Despite being a perennial Grammy darling, with 44 nominations and 15 wins, Eminem’s 2018 Kamikaze album has no nominations. The LP also was missing from a number of prominent “best album of the year” lists. But, make no mistake, Kamikaze, which became Em’s 10th album in a row to reach the top of the charts, was a return to form for Slim Shady and made him the most talked about MC of 2018, not named Kanye or Tekashi.

Released as a surprise project on August 31, Kamikaze was a 45-minute long scathing rebuke of Em’s critics, both media and peers. After the tepid reception to Marshall Mathers’ 2017 album, Revival, a project which was at times melancholy and introspective, Eminem returned with fire in his belly on his follow up LP. Backed by longterm collaborator and mentor Dr. Dre as his executive producer, the album was chock full of aggressive music to match Marshall’s lyrical fury. Throughout the project, which effectively served as one long diss record, Em took shots at Joe Budden, Machine Gun Kelly, Tyler, The Creator, DJ Akademiks, Donald Trump, Vince Staples, Token, Lil Yachty, Lil Pump, Lil Xan, Charlamagne Tha God, and the Grammys…just to name a few.

Eminem Has Just Released A Surprise Album To Silence His Critics. Listen Here (Audio)

The tirade launched a wave of retaliation, ranging from clap back commentary from friend-turned-foe Budden, to worthy response records from Machine Gun Kelly. Instead of letting things be, Em doubled down, with even more verbal venom, in the form of additional response records and even a 10-minute a cappella battle rap. With such an epic year of beef under his belt, who better than Em to cite his top 12 Rap diss records of all-time?

As part of a Christmas special on his Sirius XM Shade 45 radio station, that’s exactly what Eminem did. Dubbed the “12 Days Of Diss-Mas,” the Detroit Rap God was joined by his longtime manager Paul Rosenberg and DJ Whoo Kid to not only discuss his favorite diss records, but also break down the history behind each one.

The records Em names range from classic to obscure, with him citing Rap beef songs like Ice Cube’s “No Vaseline” and Boogie Down Productions’ “The Bridge Is Over” to records railing against institutions, like N.W.A.’s “F*ck The Police.” The list is diverse, highlighting songs from the 80s and 90s, paying homage to women MCs and, showing no bias, he even cites a couple of records that diss Dre. Here is the entire list, as well as a playlist of the songs below:

12. Boogie Down Productions – “The Bridge Is Over”

11. Roxanne Shanté – “Roxanne’s Revenge”

10. MC Lyte – “10% Diss”

9. LL Cool J – “Jack The Ripper”

8. N.W.A – “F*ck The Police”

7. Ice Cube – “No Vaseline”

6. Dr. Dre – “F*ck wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)”

5. Tim Dog – “F*ck Compton”

4. Common – “The B*tch In Yoo”

3. Eazy-E – “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s”

2. YZ – “Diss Fe Liar”

1. 2Pac – “Hit ‘Em Up”

Despite being a perennial Grammy darling, with 44 nominations and 15 wins, Eminem’s 2018 Kamikaze album has no nominations. The LP also was missing from a number of prominent “best album of the year” lists. But, make no mistake, Kamikaze, which became Em’s 10th album in a row to reach the top of the charts, was a return to form for Slim Shady and made him the most talked about MC of 2018, not named Kanye or Tekashi.

Released as a surprise project on August 31, Kamikaze was a 45-minute long scathing rebuke of Em’s critics, both media and peers. After the tepid reception to Marshall Mathers’ 2017 album, Revival, a project which was at times melancholy and introspective, Eminem returned with fire in his belly on his follow up LP. Backed by longterm collaborator and mentor Dr. Dre as his executive producer, the album was chock full of aggressive music to match Marshall’s lyrical fury. Throughout the project, which effectively served as one long diss record, Em took shots at Joe Budden, Machine Gun Kelly, Tyler, The Creator, DJ Akademiks, Donald Trump, Vince Staples, Token, Lil Yachty, Lil Pump, Lil Xan, Charlamagne Tha God, and the Grammys…just to name a few.

Eminem Has Just Released A Surprise Album To Silence His Critics. Listen Here (Audio)

The tirade launched a wave of retaliation, ranging from clap back commentary from friend-turned-foe Budden, to worthy response records from Machine Gun Kelly. Instead of letting things be, Em doubled down, with even more verbal venom, in the form of additional response records and even a 10-minute a cappella battle rap. With such an epic year of beef under his belt, who better than Em to cite his top 12 Rap diss records of all-time?

As part of a Christmas special on his Sirius XM Shade 45 radio station, that’s exactly what Eminem did. Dubbed the “12 Days Of Diss-Mas,” the Detroit Rap God was joined by his longtime manager Paul Rosenberg and DJ Whoo Kid to not only discuss his favorite diss records, but also break down the history behind each one.

The records Em names range from classic to obscure, with him citing Rap beef songs like Ice Cube’s “No Vaseline” and Boogie Down Productions’ “The Bridge Is Over” to records railing against institutions, like N.W.A.’s “F*ck The Police.” The list is diverse, highlighting songs from the 80s and 90s, paying homage to women MCs and, showing no bias, he even cites a couple of records that diss Dre. Here is the entire list, as well as a playlist of the songs below:

12. Boogie Down Productions – “The Bridge Is Over”

11. Roxanne Shanté – “Roxanne’s Revenge”

10. MC Lyte – “10% Diss”

9. LL Cool J – “Jack The Ripper”

8. N.W.A – “F*ck The Police”

7. Ice Cube – “No Vaseline”

6. Dr. Dre – “F*ck wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)”

5. Tim Dog – “F*ck Compton”

4. Common – “The B*tch In Yoo”

3. Eazy-E – “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s”

2. YZ – “Diss Fe Liar”

1. 2Pac – “Hit ‘Em Up”

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MC Lyte To Celebrate 30th Anniversary of ‘Lyte as a Rock’ With One Night Only Performance At Sony Hall

Source: LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 05: MC Lyte at the 2017 Soul Train Awards, presented by BET, at the Orleans Arena on November 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: Wayne Posner/BET)

While the rap game is said to be a young man’s game, Hip-Hop music in general belongs to people of all genres and ages. That being said all my OG’s and older heads are in for a treat as MC Lyte is about to take you back to the era of door knockers and baggy clothes on women (some couples doubled their wardrobes depending on who they dated).

For one night only the “Kickin’ 4 Brooklyn” rapper who paved the way for the likes of Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, and Cardi B is going to rock the mic in New York City to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her debut album, Lyte as a Rock. Released on September 13, 1988, MC Lyte’s classic debut album introduced the world to a strong and intellectual MC who happened to be a woman that was ready to go toe-to-toe with the big boys in the rap game. Three decades later she’s still revered by her Hip-Hop peers as a pioneer in the game and queen in the culture.

All that being said fans will be able to once again witness greatness as this November 30th the triple-OG female MC is taking the stage at Sony Hall for one night only and taking everyone down a trip down memory lane.

Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster here. Let us know if you’ll be going to see MC Lyte do her thang this Friday in NYC.

MC Lyte Lyte As A Rock Concert

Source: press handout / Blue Note Entertainment

Photo: WENN

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Lloyd Banks Salutes 2 Rap G.O.A.T. Contenders: “The Best!”

Lloyd Banks

New York rapper Lloyd Banks is taking the shine off himself to share his respect for hip-hop’s greatest emcees. The Punchline King has saluted a couple rap game heavyweights.

Over the past 24 hours, PLK jumped on Instagram to shout-out Big Apple veterans Rakim and MC Lyte.

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MC Lyte! The best! 🙌🏽 #paperthin

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🐐 Rakim the God!

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Happy 48th Birthday To Hip Hop Matriarch MC Lyte!

Born on this day in 1970, Lana Michelle Moorer has been a pillar of feminism and respect for women in Hip Hop since her 1986 debut. After her first single, “I Cram to Understand U” sent shock waves through the growing New York Hip Hop scene, Lyte was awarded a record deal from First Priority Music and given the ability to take her message to the street.

MC Lyte was the first woman to tackle any issue of feminism in Hip Hop and was in no way quiet about it. Her debut album, Lyte as a Rock, was a middle finger to Hip Hop’s male standard, serving as the first full-length album from a female rapper.Here stood a young woman lyrically holding her own in a sea of some of the most hungry and prolific MC’s in the genre’s history while simultaneously checking the whole industry on their lack of respect for the fairer sex. Her ability commanded a positive response and made her a new force to be reckoned with.

Her follow up album only did more for her career, creating her image as Hip Hop’s female kingpin, demanding respecting and delivering nothing but fire. This album, titled Eyes on This, also housed Lyte’s first hit single “Cha Cha Cha” which spent 18 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart proving that MC Lyte was here to stay.

Lyte went on to release five more albums: Act Like You Know, Ain’t No Other, Bad As I Wanna Be, Seven & Seven, and Da Underground Heat, Vol. 1, all of which have been critically acclaimed and regarded as some of the golden era’s greatest work, male or female. She was the first female nominated for a Hip Hop Grammy (for the single “Ruffneck), the first to have a album sell gold (for Act Like You Know),  and pretty much Hip Hop’s go to girl during the golden age.

MC Lyte braved a trail that changed rap forever. Not since DJ Kool Herc‘s legendary back to school party had there been such a monumental shift in Hip Hop culture. Because of MC Lyte, an entire gender now has a voice in Hip Hop music. Without her, there is no way of saying if any artist would have the courage to break the mold and pave the way for all the female MC’s we know and love today. On this day in Hip Hop history we celebrate the life and career of MC Lyte. From everyone here at TheSource.com, Happy bornday MC Lyte. May you see many more years of success and good fortune.

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TONIGHT! MC Lyte To Celebrate 30 Years In Hip-Hop With A Kennedy Center Concert

Thirty years ago on the 12th of this month, legendary Brooklyn rapper MC Lyte dropped her debut album Lyte As A Rock, which became the prototype for female emcees that could rock the mic better than some of the guys.

She’s the first female MC to be nominated for a Grammy Award as well as the first female MC to rock at the White House. Tonight (September 21), the Brooklyn, New Yorker will honor her debut with a special 30th-anniversary concert at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Performing in the Eisenhower Theater, the event promises a full album performance with backing by a live band. Lyte will rock selections from her handfuls of other releases.

This Hip Hop show will be the latest of its kind in the Kennedy Center since Q-Tip took over the John F. Kennedy Center as the Performing Arts artistic director in early 2016.

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