Lyricist, pioneer, icon, veteran and entrepreneur could all be used to describe MC Lyte. One of the most prolific and well-respected female Hip Hop artists to ever bless the mic, MC Lyte has consistently found ways to reinvent herself musically, while expanding her resume and gaining new fans. Reared in Brooklyn,New York, she always has her finger on Hip Hop’s pulse. Many are familiar with her stellar music making skills, but over the course of her extensive career Lyte has ventured out to other avenues that have allowed her to show the world just how talented she truly is.
MC Lyte first appeared on the scene in 1988 with her debut album Lyte As A Rock. At the tender age of 17 she began schooling other MCs in the art of rhyme, and since that time she has proven that greatness always prevails with a total of ten albums (9 plus a “GREATEST HITS”) to her credit. A pioneer in the industry, she opened the door for future female Hip Hop artists by daring to do what had never been done while doing something she loved. Lyte is the FIRST rap artist ever to perform at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall and the FIRST female rapper to ever receive a gold single. MC LYTE’s inspiring 1993 classic anthem, “Ruffneck,” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Single. In fact, she was the FIRST female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy! Ten years later her 2003 album “Undaground Heat vol.1” hosted by Jamie Foxx, garnered this rap legend her second career Grammy nomination. It was released on her own label SGI/CMM. The single “Ride Wit Me” also received a BET Award nomination for Best Female Rap Performance. In 2006, MC Lyte became the first solo female rapper to be honored/inducted on VH-1’s HIPHOP HONORS! Lyte serves as a beautiful example that females can rock the mic just as good and oftentimes even better than a man! Lyte’s lyrical skills have also been tapped into by Hollywood. She co-wrote and performed the television theme songs for Fox’s “Dark Angel” and BET’s “Holla.”
Her last music offering, Back to Lyte (2006), featuring the smash hit “Wonder Years,” (produced by DJ Premier) was an in your face display of Lyte’s ability to stay timely and in demand. This can further be heard on her recent contribution to the remix of neo-soul songstress Jill Scott’s smash hit “Hate on Me.” Fans will be pleased to know that Lyte recently returned to the studio to record album number eleven. Currently untitled, this one will deliver what she calls “a perfect blend of grown and sexy music for Hip Hop lovers.” The first single, “Beautiful,” is currently receiving mad love nationwide and abroad from mix tape and underground outlets.
Whenever possible, Lyte enjoys traveling to colleges and universities across the nation to use her expertise and story of success to motivate young people to take ownership of the world around them, while striving to be the best they can possibly be. A role model to women everywhere, Lyte never compromises who she is and consistently displays that a woman can turn heads fully clothed! More of her words of wisdom can be found in her first literary offering. Her self-published book “Just My Take,” words of poetry &inspiration for today’s Hip Hop generation can be purchased on her website http://www.mc-lyte.com. Lyte is also very active in many social projects, involving herself in anti-violence campaigns, Rock the Vote, and contributing her time and expertise to several non-profit organizations.
This incredibly talented woman has been in the game almost a decade and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Many artists have come and gone but MC Lyte still remains shining brighter than ever!!!