MC Lyte Praises Kanye West & Macklemore's Individuality

MC Lyte and Hip Hop Sisters Network offering $100,000 scholarship, the rapper speaks on "I Am Hip Hop" award nod.

This month marks 25 years since Brooklyn rapper MC Lyte released her debut album, Lyte As A Rock, and the noted emcee is continuing to make her presence known in Hip Hop. Thanks to her various accomplishments, MC Lyte will soon be awarded the “I Am Hip Hop” award, an award that serves as a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards.

MC Lyte spoke briefly on the award during a recent interview with Houston’s Majic 102.1 and expressed her excitement at this latest nod.

“I just got the word that I’m receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the [BET] Hip Hop Awards this year. I’m excited. This is a good time to be living,” she revealed.

With well over two decades in Hip Hop, MC Lyte also offered a few words of advice to up-and-comers as she stressed the importance of individuality in the genre and in the process gave kudos to Kanye West, Jay Z, and even Seattle lyricist Macklemore.

“Hip Hop was founded on truth. And that’s why it’s gone so much astray. So, I would just say to those who are aspiring…is that people are ready for something new. So, never feel like what you’re hearing is enough,” MC Lyte explained. “There’s always someone who’s gonna push the bar and take it in a different direction. And I think those people become the monumental points of reference in this genre. You know, Kanye is one of those people. Jay Z is one of those people. Macklemore is now one of these people who are willing to take the boundaries and push them even further in terms of context.”

In addition to helping aspiring emcees with a few words of wisdom, MC Lyte will also soon help those in pursuit of a higher education thanks to a $100,000 scholarship the rapstress and Hip Hop Sisters Network are offering to a student hoping to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“We got big things happening. Big, big things happening…Working on a lot with the scholarship,” said the rapper. “I should talk about the scholarship. It’s a $100,000 scholarship for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. And if you know of a senior that’s going to be looking to further their education please send them to to sign up and apply for a $100,000 scholarship.”

Lastly, MC Lyte spoke on the influence fellow rapper Slick Rick had on her as an emcee and revealed her former rap name.

“That’s the first time I ever felt like I sounded like Slick Rick…He probably so influenced me with that ‘Children’s Story’ and all of those—with ‘La Di Da Di’ and all those great storytelling features that the wonderful Slick Rick gave us…I do remember that my name was Sparkle, MC Sparkle,” shared MC Lyte. “I was influenced by the original Sparkle with Irene Cara and so I decided I was gonna name myself Sparkle, which was funny.”

Video of MC Lyte’s interview with Majic 102.1 can be found below.

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  • Anonymous

    mc lyte is the shit. fuck all you skinny jean wearin sheep

  • cpg718

    I can understand Yeezy, but MACKELWHORE?!?! Whats original about an Eminem sound alike, that has Dungeon Family sound alikes singing on his hooks?!?!?

  • RealTalk

    The eternal triumvirate for female emcees: Lyte, Latifah, & Lauryn. Finis!

  • Ya'll Some Haters

    Seriously? Ya'll hating on her? Her flow was sick, she worked her ass of on it and released the first solo female emcee album ever. Watch her part in that Ice-T documentary, she seems cool as hell. She hasn't become strung out, or trying to re-brand herself or any of that garbage other old emcees do. Instead she giving back. Also as a student at the UW-Madison I'm glad to hear about it. Good school, good city. They keep her stuff from the early days in the Smithsonian. Fuck ya'll done with your lives?

    • Har-magedon, G.O.D.

      Correction: Her flow is still sick and she would put most of these emo/tight jeans wannabe-chick male rappers (e.g. Waynes, Kanyes, Mills, Guccis, Frenches etc..)to shame with one line.

  • TMZ

    Kendrick Lamar diss eminem !

  • King booboo

    Fuck out of here Dyke..oops i mean lyte

  • jimjim

    been wanting to fuck lyte for years guess its not going to happen

  • Rebecca D. Garcia

    like Barry said I am dazzled that a mother able to profit $8387 in a few weeks on the internet. browse around this site... And please reconsider you war on drugs" is a reflection of this line, and actually the last verse as a whole. It was skillfully done.

  • Sends His Regards

    Just because you came from a classic era doesn't mean you automatically deserve legendary status. Since The Beatles and onward albums have been the marker of greatness within music. You don't become a classic artist until you make classic albums. Lyte has nothing to show for her "veteran status". No one mentions her, or any female rapper for that matter, when bringing up the greatest hip hop artists of all time. Rightfully so, women emcees haven't been able to properly convey a diverse spectrum of compelling topics within the medium. There aren't any intellectually challenging female emcees and that reflects poorly upon women in general.

    • room2rroam

      lauren hill if she wouldnt have flipped out


      kill yo self....

    • you missed the boat

      thats cause you only know what you here on the radio so thats why or you would know that lyte,latifah,monie,jean grae,mystic,tiye pheonix,apani b fly,lady heroin,lady of rage,roxanne shante,even L boogie and i can go on and on who all have made hisory in hip hop but your just too young too know so your opinion is infantile. turn the radio off and search for some dope female emcees and you will find what you say doesn't exist.


      I will admit that i've never heard a line from a female rapper that blew my mind.

  • dentaldamboy

    She's got it all wrong. She should be praising Drake, Wayne, Tyga, Nicki, Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, Birdman.

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