Hip hop legend MC Lyte was born on this day, October 11, in 1970


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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.

mc lyte born october 11, 1970

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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