MC Lyte Women’s T-Shirt
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The story of MC Lyte
Lana Michele Moorer (born October 11, 1970), better known by her stage name MC Lyte, is a Grammy–nominated American rapper, DJ, actress and entrepreneur. Considered one of the pioneers of female rap, Lyte first gained fame in the late 1980s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album with 1988’s critically acclaimed Lyte as a Rock. She released a total of 8 solo studio albums (Legend of 2015 the latest to date) and an EP with Almost September.
With songs like Cha Cha Cha, Paper Thin, Ruffneck (with which she also got the first gold certification by a female solo rap artist) and Poor Georgie she has influenced the work of later female rap figures such as Lil Kim, Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill and Eve, among others. She has also collaborated with artists like Sinéad O’Connor, Janet Jackson, Brandy, Xscape, P. Diddy, Will Smith and Beyoncé.
MC Lyte was recognized for her career with the VH-1 Hip Hop Honors and BET Hip Hop Awards “I Am Hip Hop” Icon Lifetime Achievement. Also About.com was ranked No. 26 on their list of the 50 best MCs of our time and No. 6 in the Greatest Rappers Ever survey organized by NME.
MC Lyte – Paper Thin (Official Video)
At age 17 in 1988, she released her single debut, I Cram to Understand U (Sam), about drug addiction and its impact on relationships, being one of the first songs written for the crack era. As she has stated, she was 12 years old at the time of writing. Also featured in the remix and music video of “I Want Your (Hands on Me)” by Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor, which debuted in May 1988 on MTV.
In September 1988, she released her first album, Lyte as a Rock, with which she becomes the first female solo rapper to release a full album. In addition to the aforementioned “I Cram to Understand U (Sam)”, the album was highlighted by songs like “Paper Thin”, its title track, and the diss track “10% Dis”, a response to then-Hurby Azor associate Antoinette. Despite not having a great commercial performance, it is considered one of the best and most important rap albums, both in the 80s and in history.
Less than a year and a half later, Lyte followed her debut album with the 1989’s album Eyes on This. This album, like its predecessor, received a great critical reception and is recognized as a Hip Hop classic. In this album, songs like the hit single Cha Cha Cha (which spent 18 weeks on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles, peaking at # 1), the socially conscious “Capuccino” and a new diss track to her rival Antoniette, “Shut the Eff Up! (Hoe)” stand out. At the beginning of that same year, Lyte joined Stop the Violence Movement with Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemy and Heavy D, among others. Together they released the single “Self Destruction”, in response to violence in the hip hop and African American communities. The song debuted at No. 1 on the first week of Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs existence and the proceeds were donated to the National Urban League.
In 1990 she became the first rap artist to perform at the Carnegie Hall.
On May 1, 1991, Lyte performs on “Yo! Unplugged Rap”, the first MTV Unplugged to feature rap artists, alongside A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and LL Cool J. In September 1991 Lyte releases her third album, Act Like You Know, where it goes to a new jack swing sound. Even though singles “Poor Georgie” and “When in Love” peaked at # 1 and # 3 on the Hot Rap Singles respectively, the album fell in the charts, only peaking at #102 on the Billboard 200 and #14 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and reviews were generally mixed. That year she also participated in the socially conscious single “Heal Yourself” by the collective “HEAL Human Education Against Lies”, which also included Big Daddy Kane, Boogie Down Productions, Run-DMC, Queen Latifah and LL Cool J.
For 1992 she begins work on her next album, titled Ain’t No Other, which is released on June 22, 1993. On this album she returns to a more hardcore sound and has better performance, both critical and commercial. Thanks to the single “Ruffneck“, (her third song # 1 on the rap list, # 10 on the Hot R & B / Hip-Hop Songs and # 35 on the Billboard Hot 100), which sells half a million copies, she becomes the first female rapper to achieve gold certification as a solo artist, in addition to earning a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Rap Solo Performance category.
For the next few years, Lyte collaborates on pop star hits like Janet Jackson‘s You Want This and Brandy‘s I Wanna Be Down alongside Queen Latifah and Yo-Yo. She also participates in the rap version of Freedom, which was part of the soundtrack for the movie Panther and there were also Meshell Ndegeocello, Patra, Yo-Yo, Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa and Left Eye Lopes of TLC.
In August 1996, after signing with Elektra Records affiliate East West and more than three years after her last job, Lyte released the fifth album of her career, Bad as I Wanna B. With a sound more oriented to R&B and dance music, it would be far from the critical recognition of her first albums, although it became one of the most commercially successful. On this album they would stand out mainly for having the two most commercially successful singles of their career: “Keep On Keepin’ On“, along with the R&B group Xscape (# 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and # 3 on Hot R & B / Hip-Hop Songs and # 27 on the UK Singles Chart) and the Puff Daddy remix of his song “Cold Rock a Party“, (# 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, her fourth # 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and # 14 in the UK between other charts in Europe), in which Missy Elliott participates. With both she would achieve gold certifications in the US market, and for “Keep On Keepin ‘On” she also won a Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in the category of best R&B, Soul or Rap video.
Her 1998 follow-up album, Seven & Seven, it received both lackluster commercial and critical reception, after which Lyte leaves East West Records.
Lyte released the independently produced record The Undaground Heat, featuring Jamie Foxx, in 2003, which was notable for the song “Ride Wit Me”. The single was nominated for both a Grammy and a BET Award.
MC Lyte’s song “My Main Aim” was the title song of the basketball video game NBA Live 2005 by EA Sports. In 2005, she released two songs produced by Richard “Wolfie” Wolf called “Can I Get It Now” and “Don’t Walk Away” (with Meechie). In 2007, she released a song called “Mad at Me” and, in 2008, two songs called “Juke Joint” and “Get Lyte”. In 2009, a song titled “Brooklyn” was released, as well as “Craven”.
“Dear John” (featuring Common & 10Beats) was released on September 9, 2014 and peaked on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart at number three. After twelve years without an album, MC Lyte’s eighth album, Legend, came out on April 18, 2015. “Ball” (featuring Lil Mama & AV) and “Check” are also singles from the album.
MC Lyte – Cha Cha Cha
MC Lyte – Lyte As A Rock (Official Video)
MC Lyte – Poor Georgie
MC Lyte – Ruffneck (Official Video) [Explicit]
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