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MC Lyte

MC Lyte was one of the first female rappers to point out the sexism and misogyny that often runs rampant in hip-hop, often taking the subject head on lyrically in her songs and helping open the door for such future artists as Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Lyte began rhyming at the age of 12, which eventually led to a single, "I Cram to Understand U," which led to a recording contract with the First Priority label. MC Lyte's debut full-length, Lyte As a Rock, surfaced in 1988, while a follow-up, Eyes on This, followed a year later. Both discs are considered to be the finest of the rapper's career, especially her sophomore effort, which spawned the hit single "Cha Cha Cha" (peaking at number one on the rap charts) and the anti-violence track "Cappucino." Lyte turned to Bell Biv DeVoe's writers and producers Wolf & Epic for her third release overall, 1991's Act Like You Know, a more soul music-based work than its predecessors and in 1993, issued Ain't No Other (the album's popular single, "Ruffneck," earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Single and turned out to be the first gold single ever achieved by a female rap artist).

By the mid-'90s, Lyte had relocated to a new record label, Elektra/Asylum, issuing such further releases as 1996's Bad As I Wanna B, which featured a duet with Missy Elliott on the track "Cold Rock a Party," and 1998's Seven & Seven, which included further guest appearances by Elliott, as well as Giovanni Salah and LL Cool J, the latter of which produced the track "Play Girls Play." In addition to her own albums, MC Lyte has teamed with other artists from time to time, including Atlanta's Xscape on the Soul Train Award-winning "Keep on Keepin' On" (a track that also appeared on the Sunset Park soundtrack and became Lyte's second gold single), and has tried acting, appearing on several TV shows, including such comedies as Moesha and In the House, plus the crime drama New York Undercover. Lyte has also put aside time to become active in several social projects/organizations, including anti-violence campaigns, Rock the Vote, and AIDS benefits. In 2001, Rhino Records issued the 16-track career overview The Very Best of MC Lyte. Lyte then mounted a comeback in 2003 with Da Undaground Heat, Vol. 1. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Love MC Lyte: Back in the days when female rappers were talking bout something :)
I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN, I GREW UP LISTENING TO HER, IF IT WASN'T FOR LYTE NONE OF THESE FEMALE RAPPERS WOULD BE WHERE THEIR AT...... #bestfemaler a p p e r e v e r
#1 to me
Mc Lyte is the most underated female MC.
she has been inducted into my old school hall of fame keep it phonky mc lyte.
the high-hat in this joint is banging. word !
im loving this!!!!!
When you say you love me , it doesnt matter, it goes into my head like just chit chatter. , you may think its egotistical or just spirit free, but what you say I take none of it seriously.
Love MC Lyte...she deserves mad respect!
My best female rapper!!!!!!
Mc lyte one of the illest female mc's of all time.
rondarmcclai n
There wouldn't be a Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, Eve, Foxy Brown, Da Brat if there was no Lyte, one of my favorite female MC's next to Da Brat, and sometimes Nicki...LOL
This sister is the "DEAL". I met her in Los Angeles & she was a cool lady. She brings the "LIGHT" to Rap world and beyond!!!
Not just greatest female mc, but one of the best ever! Always honest and to the point, never afraid to speak whats on her mind. And what else is hip hop about? Reppin lyte 4eva
still bumpin to this jam right herr
keisha_cleve l a n d
Best female rapper of all time! #hands down
The Female Rapper Ever ( LYTE )
and to the S**T that they call rap now ( nicki minaj ) take note from a real rapper L.Y.T.E !!
the s**t
prettykitty1 8 7
There's no one like the L.Y.T.E !! No one. She will rein supreme for the next 20 years!! she certainly needs to be recognize for all of her positive efforts in the community
I need to see her honored as one of the greatest and most enfluintial female MC,of all times
nafytrie2
still rocking 20+ years later...that ' s how you know a classic!
her and audio two, clasic hip hop much praise
Got to love Mc Lyte. She is the epitome of a great female rapper. Hands down!
Role model or not, she's great. I'd avoid a fistfight with her!
I love this lady she is just an example of a great role model.
tmoore0473
@ romano - Roxanne Shante please. MC Lyte rains over all them female MC's. She bring it. To follow her my girl Eve be the next in line. LOL! I am new to putting comments but not to Pandora.
way better than most of the male performers of her time
romano718
Roxanne Shante #1, then MC Lyte.
The best female MC EVER!!!
one of the hottest, no question. She never got the props she deserved. If she were a dude she would have been treated more fairly. I saw her live show in 1992 that was a show I won't forget.
MC Lyte was much better than Queen. I like Queen, but MC Lyte rules!
who is better Queen Latifah or MC Lyte? Both girls had it going on
Lyte is in a class all by herself. New school can only look up to her. That's my girl.
what! lil mama the next mc lyte. lyte can stop doing her bet gig and pick up where she left off. Lil mama, after lip gloss, well you see her on mtv. i disagree with denise.vasse r 4 on that one. She not even in lyte's league.
I say that Lil Mama might be the next Lyte
My cousin and I use to listen to her when we were in high school over 20+ years ago. This was before dvd's were out. So all we had was a radio with the cassette player. We got on our parents nerve playing mc lyte
mamahas4boys
SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE S**T
i remember making dances in my hood to her....dope
give it up for the l y t e!
MC Lyte was a raw a** MC. she help put female rappers on the map,without showing her a**!
MC LYTE ! my girl could flow! back in my hay day she was the shezznit

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