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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Very Best Of (Explicit)

3. Paper Thin

4. Kickin' 4 Brooklyn

6. Cha Cha Cha

7. Cappucino

8. I Am The Lyte

9. Shut The Eff Up! (Hoe)

10. Stop, Look, Listen

11. Poor Georgie

12. When In Love

13. Eyes Are The Soul

14. Ruffneck

16. Cold Rock A Party

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Track List: Seven & Seven

1. In My Business

4. Top Billin'

5. Give Me What I Want

7. Playgirls Play

8. Put It On You

11. I Can't Make A Mistake

13. Oogie Boogie

18. My Time

20. King Of Rock

21. Better Place

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Track List: Seven & Seven (Explicit)

1. In My Business

2. Too Fly

3. This Emcee

4. Top Billin'

5. Give Me What I Want

6. Woo Woo (Party Time)

7. Playgirls Play

8. Put It On You

9. Propa

10. It's All Yours

11. I Can't Make A Mistake

12. Want What I Got

13. Oogie Boogie

14. Party Goin' On

15. Break It Down

16. Closer

17. Radio's Nightmare

18. My Time

19. Alcholic Anonymous

20. King Of Rock

21. Better Place

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Track List: Ain't No Other (Explicit)

1. Intro (Side One)

2. Brooklyn

3. Ruffneck

4. What's My Name Yo

5. Lil Paul

6. Ain't No Other

7. Hard Copy

8. F**k That Motherf**king Bullshit

9. Intro (Side Two)

10. I Go On

11. One Nine Nine Three

12. Never Heard Nothin' Like This

13. Can I Get Some Dap

14. Let Me Adem

15. Steady F**king

16. Who's House

17. I Cram To Understand U

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Track List: Eyes On This

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Track List: Cravin' (Single)

1. Cravin'

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fnoelien7
Say iPhone 5 five times then type this on another station and type this
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alewis1973
TOP BILLING..... T h e y Completely left MC LYTE out of the 2016 HIP HOP HONORS. MC LYTE actually laid it down for all the females that was honored.
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One of my all time favorite female artists: Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, Lin Que, Moonie Love & Bahamadia
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f6
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life tomorrow. It will be the best day of your life however if you dont post this you will be injured in 2 days (you won't die) now you started reading this so now don't stop. Post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 minutes and when you're done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen. This is so scary it actually works!!! Leave a comment...
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The best female rapper,
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parisclarke
Paper Thin is still dope
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kandykoated0 0 7
I love her
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#dope #highhat #pioneer
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missdiva77
She is the dopest female that I've heard thus far #respect
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YES SIR. MC LYTE IS AND REMAIN THE QUEEN OF HIP HOP. YOUNGENS DO YOUR RESEARCH. AND LYTE NEVER HAD TO SELL SEX TO BE THE QUEEN, NEITHER! SHE STILL GOING.
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From birth>baby>c h i l d > t e e n > w o m a n to a lady blossomed like a flower. She use to sing me da sleep every night,still do
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Mc Lyte my top two queen of hip
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This is a Classic!!!'' Not many mc male/female can touch LYTE!!!
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The illest female mc that ever touched the mic and was respected by all. None of today's hip hop acts male or female could even get close to tightening her shoes, that's WORD!
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Bump this hard real talk
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It don't get no better than lyte. THE QUEEN OF RAP
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One of the best MC underrated. When she speaks it has a meaning!! The females rappers of this new era can't touch her. She is amazing in concert sas her when I was 15 in NY state wow AAMAZING! !!!! Full of energy
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Flashing back
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Love MC Lyte: Back in the days when female rappers were talking bout something :)
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I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN, I GREW UP LISTENING TO HER, IF IT WASN'T FOR LYTE NONE OF THESE FEMALE RAPPERS WOULD BE WHERE THEIR AT...... #bestfemaler a p p e r e v e r
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#1 to me
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Mc Lyte is the most underated female MC.
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she has been inducted into my old school hall of fame keep it phonky mc lyte.
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the high-hat in this joint is banging. word !
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im loving this!!!!!
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When you say you love me , it doesnt matter, it goes into my head like just chit chatter. , you may think its egotistical or just spirit free, but what you say I take none of it seriously.
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Love MC Lyte...she deserves mad respect!
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My best female rapper!!!!!!
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Mc lyte one of the illest female mc's of all time.
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rondarmcclai n
There wouldn't be a Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, Eve, Foxy Brown, Da Brat if there was no Lyte, one of my favorite female MC's next to Da Brat, and sometimes Nicki...LOL
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This sister is the "DEAL". I met her in Los Angeles & she was a cool lady. She brings the "LIGHT" to Rap world and beyond!!!
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Not just greatest female mc, but one of the best ever! Always honest and to the point, never afraid to speak whats on her mind. And what else is hip hop about? Reppin lyte 4eva
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still bumpin to this jam right herr
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keisha_cleve l a n d
Best female rapper of all time! #hands down
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The Female Rapper Ever ( LYTE )
and to the S**T that they call rap now ( nicki minaj ) take note from a real rapper L.Y.T.E !!
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the s**t
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prettykitty1 8 7
There's no one like the L.Y.T.E !! No one. She will rein supreme for the next 20 years!! she certainly needs to be recognize for all of her positive efforts in the community
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I need to see her honored as one of the greatest and most enfluintial female MC,of all times
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nafytrie2
still rocking 20+ years later...that ' s how you know a classic!
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her and audio two, clasic hip hop much praise
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Got to love Mc Lyte. She is the epitome of a great female rapper. Hands down!
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Role model or not, she's great. I'd avoid a fistfight with her!
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I love this lady she is just an example of a great role model.
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tmoore0473
@ romano - Roxanne Shante please. MC Lyte rains over all them female MC's. She bring it. To follow her my girl Eve be the next in line. LOL! I am new to putting comments but not to Pandora.
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way better than most of the male performers of her time
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romano718
Roxanne Shante #1, then MC Lyte.
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The best female MC EVER!!!
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one of the hottest, no question. She never got the props she deserved. If she were a dude she would have been treated more fairly. I saw her live show in 1992 that was a show I won't forget.
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MC Lyte was much better than Queen. I like Queen, but MC Lyte rules!
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