WMG hip-hops from Tommy Boy pact

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Warner Music Group has severed its joint venture with hip-hop label Tommy Boy Records, hanging on to a few marquee acts like De La Soul and handing the brand name back to founder Tom Silverman. Label’s 80-strong staff was laid off.

Silverman plans to rejuvenate Tommy Boy with a core roster of mainly dance artists, including veteran club DJs Junior Vasquez and Little Louie Vega. Exec also is mulling plans for an expansion into other media, including TV and film.

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