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Lyte in October 2019
|Lana Michelle Moorer|
|Born||October 11, 1970|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Emcee-songwriter, model, actress, motivational speaker, DJ, voiceover talent, narrator, mentor|
|Labels||DuBose Music Group|
First Priority Music/Atlantic Records
East West America/Elektra Records
|Audio Two, Grand Puba, LL Cool J, Xscape, Lil Mama|
Lana Michelle Moorer (born October 11, 1970), known professionally as MC Lyte, is an American rapper who 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 has long been considered one of hip-hop's pioneer feminists.
She regards Milk Dee and DJ Giz, the hip hop duo Audio Two, as "totally like [her] brothers", because the three grew up together. Audio Two's father, Nat Robinson, started a label for them called First Priority. After making the label, Robinson cut a deal with Atlantic with one condition, that Lyte would get a record contract with Atlantic as well. Lyte also made appearances on the following television shows: Lyric Cafe, Hip Hop Honors, Tales, and Black in the 80's.
In early 2016, she started dating Marine Corps veteran and entrepreneur John Wyche, after meeting him on Match.com. They announced their engagement in May 2017, and in August at 46 years old, they exchanged their vows during a musical wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Reggae Congo bands played as Lyte walked down the aisle, and the couple's friend Kelly Price serenaded them during the ceremony. Afterward, an intimate gathering with only close friends and family members was held.
MC Lyte's original stage name was Sparkle. She began recording her first track at age 14, although it took two years before it was able to be released.:1 At age 17 in 1988, she released her first song, "I Cram to Understand U (Sam)", about the crack epidemic and its impact on relationships. In 1987, when she was 17, Lyte began publicly outshining other MCs. She was 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, which was written over the course of many years.:3 The album was noted for the hits "Paper Thin", its title track, and the battle rap "10% Dis", a response from then-Hurby Azor associate Antoinette.:3 Lyte followed her debut album with the 1989's album Eyes on This, which spawned the hits "Cha Cha Cha", an absolute hit that paved way for her next track "Cappucino". Both albums were notable for Lyte's uncensored lyrical matter. She sweetened up a little on the 1991's album, Act Like You Know, noted for its new jack swing sound and the hit single "Poor Georgie". Lyte's fourth album, 1993's Ain't No Other, became her first to reach gold status and was notable for her first top 40 pop hit, "Ruffneck".:6 "Ruffneck" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Single, making MC Lyte the first female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy. She later went on to become a featured artist on hits by Janet Jackson:7 Two years afterward, Lyte's fifth album, Bad As I Wanna B, featured production from Jermaine Dupri and Sean Combs. Its hits were "Keep on, Keepin' On" (which originally appeared on the Sunset Park soundtrack) and "Cold Rock a Party", the latter of which also featured then up-and-coming rapper, songwriter and producer Missy Elliott.:8 This album was her first with East West Records America and became successful after the aforementioned singles became big hits with "Keep on, Keepin' On" peaking at the top ten and "Cold Rock a Party" peaking at number eleven. It was her second gold album. Her 1998 follow-up album, Seven & Seven, however, was not as successful. She left East West America by the end of the decade. 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.
In 2017 Lyte played a Detective Makena Daniels in the drama series Tales. Immediately following she played "DEA Special Agent Katrina 'K.C.' Walsh" in the Police drama S.W.A.T.. In 2018 Lyte played Coral in Justin Simien's Bad Hair and Tiffany in TV ONE production Loved to Death. Lyte has been featured on television as herself on such shows as In Living Color, Moesha, Cousin Skeeter, New York Undercover, My Wife and Kids, and Sisters in the Name of Rap. She also acted on TV in such shows as In the House, Get Real, Half & Half, Queen of the South, and The District.
Lyte signed with the production unit, Duc Tha Moon, for three years and eventually made a deal with Sirius Satellite Radio.
Her first acting role was in 1991, an off-Broadway theater play titled Club Twelve, a hip-hop twist on Twelfth Night alongside Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Lisa Nicole Carson. After she made her film debut in the 1993 movie titled Fly by Night, starring alongside Jeffrey Sams, Ron Brice, and Steve Gomer, she also starred other films, such as A Luv Tale (1999), Train Ride (2000), Civil Brand (2002) and Playa's Ball (2003). In 2011, she had guest starred in the Regular Show episode "Rap It Up", portraying a member of a hip-hop group also including characters voiced by Tyler, the Creator and Childish Gambino.
|1992||Fly By Night||Akusa|
|1997||An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn||Sista Tu Lumumba|
|1999||A Luv Tale||Alia|
|2000||Train Ride||Katrina Daniels|
|2002||Civil Brand||Sgt. Cervantes|
|2013||The Dempsey Sisters||Taylor Powell|
|2017||Patti Cakes||DJ French Tips|
|2017||Girls Trip||MC Lyte|
|2018||Loved to Death||Tiffany|
|2019||Lost Grils: Angie's Story||Pastor Kim|
|1995||New York Undercover||Female Rapper|
|1998||In The House||Lu Lu|
|1999||Get Real||Beth Hunter|
|1998-2002||For Your Love||Lana|
|2004||My Wife & Kids||Self|
|2004-2006||Half & Half||Kai Owens|
|2018||S.W.A.T.||DEA Special Agent Katrina 'KC' Walsh|
|2017-2018||Queen of the South||The Professor|
|2019||New York Undercover||LT. April Freeman|
In June 2006, MC Lyte was interviewed for the documentary The Rap Report, Part 2. MC Lyte talked about her career in rap music and what it was like during the beginnings of hip hop. She also performs a concert of her most famous hits. The program is produced by Rex Barnett.
In February 2006, her diary, as well as a turntable, records, and other assorted ephemera from the early days of hip hop, were donated to the Smithsonian Institution. This collection, entitled "Hip-Hop Won't Stop: The Beat, the Rhymes, the Life" is a program to assemble objects of historical relevance to the hip hop genre from its inception.
In 2007, Lyte joined the cast of MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar and coached Shar Jackson to a hip hop emcee victory in a mere eight weeks. During that same time, Lyte hit the road in between shooting and joined the Roots for a nationwide VH1 House of Blues Tour.
MC Lyte opened Shaitel, a Los Angeles boutique that specialized in accessories from belts to sunglasses. "We sell a mixture of new and vintage [items]," she explained. "We also have a few signature pieces that are done just for the store. We boast to bring a little New York flavor out here to California."
In 1997, MC Lyte launched Sunni Gyrl Inc., a global entertainment firm that specializes in artist management and development, production, and creative services and consulting.
In 1996, MC Lyte began doing voiceovers, working on a short-lived BET show called The Boot and doing some branding for the Starz network, Tide, AT&T, the National Urban League, and many others. She did the voice of Tia for the Mattel toy line Diva Starz from 2000 to 2004.
DJ MC Lyte served as the DJ of choice at Michael Jordan's 50th Birthday Celebration, at his 2013 wedding reception, and at Jay Leno's farewell party. Lyte has gone on to provide music for The Image Awards, Nissan, Google, Black Enterprise, and many others.
MC Lyte has spoken at colleges and universities, for organizations around the globe, and with notable people like Iyanla Vanzant, Russell Simmons, and Soledad O'Brien bringing a message of empowerment from her book Unstoppable: Igniting the Power Within to Achieve Your Greatest Potential. She also partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund on the iLEAD international tour  in South Africa to empower the continent's youth and up and coming leaders.
MC Lyte served as the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy (the Grammy organization) from 2011 to 2013. She was the first African American woman to serve in this role.
She is the founder of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which presented two $100,000 scholarships to college students each of the first two years of its inception and three $50,000 scholarships as a part of its #EducateOurMen initiative during its third year during the Soul Train Music Awards Red Carpet Preshow.
|1993||Ruffneck (single)||Best Rap Solo Performance||Nominated|
|2003||Ride Wit Me (single)||Best Female Rap Vocal Performance||Nominated|
During October 2006, MC Lyte was one of the honored artists on VH1's annual award show Hip Hop Honors. She was joined by fellow female MC's Da Brat, Remy Ma, and Lil' Kim as they performed some of her tracks, such as "Cha Cha Cha", "Lyte as a Rock", "Paper-Thin", and "Ruffneck". She became the first female emcee to be inducted into the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 
In 2013, MC Lyte received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Hip Hop Inaugural Ball. She was the first female solo hip hop artist to receive BET's "I Am Hip Hop" Icon Lifetime Achievement Award.
As lead artist
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|US||US R&B/HH||US Rap||CAN|
|1993||"Ruffneck (song)"||35||Ain't No Other|
|1997||"Cold Rock A Party"||11||--||--||--||RIAA: Gold||Bad as I Wanna B|
Actually Milk and Giz are totally like my brothers but they are not my blood brothers but I was basically raised within that family.
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