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