Born Lana Michelle Moorer in Brooklyn, New York, she began rhyming at the age of 12 and would go on to be a pioneer in feminism and in hip hop.
Lyte recorded her first single, “I Cram to Understand U,” in 1986. She debuted her first album, Lyte as a Rock, in 1988, followed by Eyes on This in 1989, which spawned her first hit single, “Cha Cha Cha,” peaking at No. 1 on the rap charts.
In 1993, she released her fourth album, Ain’t No Other. The classic featured the single “Ruffneck,” which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Single and turned out to be the first gold single ever achieved by a female rap artist.
MC Lyte is also a DJ, actress and activist.
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