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