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

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