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

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