MC Lyte

An AllHipHop.com Moment in Women’s Rap History: MC Lyte


Arguably one of most recognizable voices in Hip-Hop history, MC Lyte first appeared on the scene in 1988 with her classic debut Lyte as a Rock. Remember “Paper Thin” and “Cha Cha Cha”? If you’re 30 and over, they’re impossible to forget.

At a time when artists like Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, and Run DMC were dominating the airwaves, MC Lyte held her own for the females and was able to find her unique voice. It must be noted – she did this all while fully clothed, but with a braggadocio that you couldn’t help but love. And respect.

Lyte is a living legend, having released seven charting studio albums and appearing on many of the ’90s’ hottest tracks. She’s also found relevance and financial stability by lending her signature vocals to huge projects outside of music.

Though MC Lyte hasn’t released any new material in nearly a decade, she’s kept her powerful and unique voice in use by announcing one of music’s biggest spectacles, the annual BET Awards. Since its inception, Lyte has been a classy, shining voice on the program – one more reason why we appreciate her in the first place. That’s not all, she’s even lent her voice on premium cable channel, STARZ.

It was with her 1996 effort, Bad As I Wanna B, that Lyte struck Gold status on the hit “Cold Rock A Party”, cementing her place in music history. Awards aside, she’s just plain dope.

AllHipHop.com SALUTES the incomparable MC Lyte, as we celebrate Women’s History Month all March long!

  • wickedjones

    She looking fine ass hell on that picture. imjustsaying.

  • churchboy2

    Only Lauryn Hill is in the same league as Lyte.

    I met her a few times and she’s as cool and down as they come.

    AHH should have posted “Wonder Years” – her joint with Primo from ’06. Perhaps her best joint ever.

    MC Lyte is dope. Salutes.

  • living legend, much respect to Lyte

  • D

    I still got the “Eyes on This” album on cassette.. MC Lyte is DEF in my top 5 lyricists, and #1 female MC easy.

  • Big Upz MC Lyte!

    It’s E DOGZ ( E Dogz & Justice ) from the air source days!
    >>>>Flash Back! 1988?

  • wtf…what is this? sweeps week for G.O.A.T.s!
    She is a legend. one of the first that still stands the test of time.  G.O.A.T. she isn’t but she is in contention…

  • rep87

    One sexy lady a true female rap ICON Mc Lyte !

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  • Bosshogg973

    I still know cha cha cha word for word!!

  • torreysn

    I still have her first album on castte lol,and Lost, she is G.O.A.T son.

  • Classy as well as Classic. She’s a legend period!!!!!

  • KingsCountyCrooklyn

    She definitely been doing the damn thing over the years, good to see she still out there and looking hella good…… classy & sexy

  • Guest

    that pic is airbrushed like a mother fucker….at this point in ‘hip hop’ from a female point of view is a thing of the past