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

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