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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

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

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