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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
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Stations Featuring
MC Lyte

    '80s Hip-Hop

    '80s Hip-Hop
    5 songs

    '80s Urban Music

    '80s Urban Music
    5 songs

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
    2 songs

Albums by
MC Lyte

Top Songs by
MC Lyte

  1.   Song
  2.   Ruffneck
  3.   Cha Cha Cha
  4.   Poor Georgie
  5.   Paper Thin
  6.   I Cram to Understand U
  7.   Cappucino
  8.   Cold Rock a Party
  9.   Jammin'
  10.   Keep On, Keepin' On
  11.   Lyte as a Rock
  12.   Have U Ever
  13.   10% Dis
  14.   Stop, Look, Listen
  15.   Kickin' 4 Brooklyn
  16.   What's My Name Yo
  17.   I Am Woman
  18.   Slave 2 The Rhythm
  19.   I Am the Lyte
  20.   A**aholic Anonymous
  21.   Who's House
  22.   When in Love
  23.   Want What I Got
  24.   Throwin' Words At U
  25.   Take It Off
  26.   Steady F--king
  27.   Shut the Eff up! (Hoe)
  28.   Search 4 the Lyte
  29.   Rhyme Hangover
  30.   Radio's Nightmare
  31.   Please Understand
  32.   Not Wit' A Dealer
  33.   Let Me Adem
  34.   King of Rock
  35.   Kamikaze
  36.   K-Rocks Housin'
  37.   It's All Yours
  38.   I Go On
  39.   Funky Song
  40.   F--k That M------f--ing Bullshit
  41.   Eyes Are the Soul
  42.   Don't Cry Big Girls
  43.   Brooklyn
  44.   Break It Down
  45.   All That
  46.   Ain't No Other
  47.   Act Like You Know
  48.   Top Billin'
  49.   Mickey Slipper (Interlude)
  50.   2 Young 4 What
  51.   I'm Leavin' U (Gotta Go, Gotta Go)
  52.   Anthology Mega Mix
  53.   Woo Woo (Freak Out) by Nicci Gilbert
  54.   Everyday
  55.   Zodiac
  56.   Woo Woo
  57.   Two Seater
  58.   Too Fly
  59.   This Emcee
  60.   TRG (The Rap Game)
  61.   Put It on You
  62.   Propa
  63.   Playgirls Play
  64.   Party Goin' On
  65.   Oogie Boogie
  66.   One on One
  67.   One Nine Nine Three
  68.   Never Heard Nothin' Like This
  69.   My Time
  70.   Lyte Thee MC
  71.   Lola from the Copa
  72.   Lil Paul
  73.   Like a Virgin
  74.   Like That Anna (Interlude)
  75.   K-Rock's the Man
  76.   Intro
  77.   In My Business
  78.   I Can't Make a Mistake
  79.   Hard Copy
  80.   Give Me What I Want
  81.   Druglord Superstar
  82.   Closer
  83.   Can You Dig It
  84.   Can I Get Some Dap
  85.   Big Bad Sister
  86.   Beyond the Hype
  87.   Better Place
  88.   Absolutely Positively...Practical Jokes
  89.   MC Lyte Likes Swingin'
  90.   Lyte vs. Vanna Whyte
  91.   Another Dope Intro

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