Slacker Logo


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
Read More Read Less

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

Artists Related to MC Lyte