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

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