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MC Lyte

Mostly Credited As: MC Lyte
Sometimes Credited As: Lana Moorer
Lana 'MC Lyte' Moorer
Lana Michele Moorer
Lana Moorer a.k.a MC Lyte

Birth Name: Lana Michele Moorer
Date Of Birth: October 11, 1971 (Age 43)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Queens, New York
Height: 5' 4" (1.62 m)

MC Lyte


MC Lyte was one of the first female rappers to point out the sexism and misogyny that often runs rampant in hip-hop, often taking the subject head on lyrically in her songs and helping open the door for such future artists as Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Lyte began rhyming at the age of 12, which eventually led to a single, "I Cram to Understand U," which led to a recording contract with the First Priority label. MC Lyte's debut full-length, Lyte As a Rock, surfaced in 1988, while a follow-up, Eyes on This, followed a year later. Both discs are considered to be the finest of the rapper's career, especially her sophomore effort, which spawned the hit single "Cha Cha Cha" (peaking at number one on the rap charts) and the anti-violence track "Cappucino." Lyte turned to Bell Biv DeVoe's writers and producers Wolf & Epic for her third release overall, 1991's Act Like You Know, a more soul music-based work than its predecessors and in 1993, issued Ain't No Other (the album's popular single, "Ruffneck," earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Single and turned out to be the first gold single ever achieved by a female rap artist). By the mid-'90s, Lyte had relocated to a new record label, Elektra/Asylum, issuing such further releases as 1996's Bad As I Wanna B, which featured a duet with Missy Elliott on the track "Cold Rock a Party," and 1998's Seven & Seven, which included further guest appearances by Elliott, as well as Giovanni Salah and LL Cool J, the latter of which produced the track "Play Girls Play." In addition to her own albums, MC Lyte has teamed with other artists from time to time, including Atlanta's Xscape on the Soul Train Award-winning "Keep on Keepin' On" (a track that also appeared on the Sunset Park soundtrack and became Lyte's second gold single), and has tried acting, appearing on several TV shows, including such comedies as Moesha and In the House, plus the crime drama New York Undercover. Lyte has also put aside time to become active in several social projects/organizations, including anti-violence campaigns, Rock the Vote, and AIDS benefits. In 2001, Rhino Records issued the 16-track career overview The Very Best of MC Lyte. Lyte then mounted a comeback in 2003 with Da Undaground Heat, Vol. 1.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Black in the 80s (2005)As: Herself
VH1 Hip Hop Honors (2004)As: Herself (Host 2004)
Episode Cast Credits 

The Queen Latifah Show (2013) 
  Brandy and Wilmer Valderrama! Plus, for the First Time in 20 Years: Queen, Brandy, MC Lyte and Yo-Yo Reunite! 01x126: (Apr/08/2014) As Herself 

106 & Park (2000) 
  Top 10 Countdown 14x26: (Oct/15/2013) As Herself 

The Arsenio Hall Show (2013) (2013) 
  Bill Maher | Margo Martindale | MC Lyte 01x23: (Oct/09/2013) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

Half & Half (2002) 
  The Big Hide and Sneak Episode 04x21: (May/15/2006) As Kai Owens 
  The Big Mother's What?! Episode 04x20: (May/01/2006) As Kai Owens 
  The Big Diva Down Episode 04x13: (Feb/06/2006) As Kai Owens 
  The Big Sweet Smell Of Excess Episode 04x11: (Dec/12/2005) As Kai Owens 

Love Lounge (2005) 
  Getting It Online 01x16: (Apr/20/2005) As Herself 
  Office Antics 01x13: (Apr/14/2005) As Herself 

Soul Train (1971) 
  Ginuwine/ MC Lyte/ Nivea 32x23: (Mar/01/2003) As Herself 
  Next/ MC Lyte featuring Gina Thompson/ Sparkle 28x09: (Nov/07/1998) As Herself 
  MC Lyte featuring Missy/ Hiroshima/ Twice/ Lil Bud and Tizone 26x23: (Mar/15/1997) As Herself 
  SWV/ Donnel Jones/ MC Lyte 25x33: (Jun/15/1996) As Herself 

All That (1994) 
  MC Lyte 03x19: (Oct/11/1997) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

Moesha (1996) 
  A Concerted Effort (2) 02x10: (Nov/05/1996) As Herself 

New York Undercover (1994) 
  Kill the Noise 03x06: (Oct/31/1996) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  You Get No Respect 01x17: (Feb/09/1995) As Female Rapper, [Co-Guest Stars]

MTV Unplugged (1989) 
  Spoken Word II 05x03: (Jun/21/1994) As Herself 

In Living Color (1990) 
  Silly Cone 03x29: (May/10/1992) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
Featured Songs

All That Songs:
MC Lyte + Cold Rock a Party 
New York Undercover Songs:
The Solomon Papers + Cold Rock a Party 
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