MC Lyte to Headline Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival April 8

12th Annual Event Runs April 7-9 at Trinity College

MC Lyte
Hartford, Conn., February 15, 2017 – The 12th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival returns this spring from April 7 through 9, with headliner MC Lyte, a pioneer in the hip-hop industry. Lyricist, inspirational speaker, DJ, icon, veteran, and entrepreneur: all describe MC Lyte, one of the most well-respected female hip-hop artists, who has consistently found ways to reinvent herself musically since she first appeared on the scene in 1988 with her debut album Lyte As A Rock.

This year’s event at Trinity College will feature a Friday night dance show and battle, a concert on Saturday, plus an extensive lineup of lectures, workshops, panel discussions and films as part of the weekend-long academic study of the music and subculture of the hip-hop genre. The 2017 festival’s theme is “U.N.I.T.Y.: Unifying Gender, Race and Class Through Hip-Hop.” The event, free and open to the public, culminates with performances from several international hip-hop artists. 

The main concert featuring MC Lyte will take place Saturday, April 8, at 8:00 p.m. in the Washington Room of Trinity’s Mather Hall (photo i.d. will be required to attend the MC Lyte concert). Reared in Brooklyn, New York, MC Lyte always has her finger on hip-hop's pulse. She is the first female to perform hip-hop in the White House and the first African American woman to serve as the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy Organization). She is also the first rap artist to perform at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall, the first female rapper to ever receive a gold single, and the first female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy.

For the festival schedule, artist bios, and more, please check, where information will continue to be updated in the weeks leading up to the festival, or contact Greg Schick at For questions about lectures, workshops, discussions, or films, please e-mail

About the Festival
The Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival, founded by Trinity students in 2006, is the largest festival of its kind in the United States. The festival continues to be organized by students in association with Nomadic Wax, World Hip Hop Market, Temple of Hip Hop, and Notable Productions. Past performers include Rakim, DJ Kool Herc, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali, dead prez, KRS-One, Grandmaster Caz (United States), K’Naan (Somalia), Jean Grae (U.S./South Africa), Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana), Comrade Fatso (Zimbabwe), Les Nubians (France/Cameroon), Sam the Kid (Portugal), and many other national and international hip-hop artists and academics.