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Editors’ Notes

In an attempt to sell MC Lyte to a broader audience on her sophomore album, the people at Atlantic paired the Brooklyn rapper with Bret Mazur and Richard Wolf, a team of dance music producers who'd recently become famous for their work with Bell Biv Devoe. The pair’s uptempo house-infused productions were an odd match for Lyte’s style, which was intrinsically raw and homegrown. Regardless of her producers’ choices, she appears as hungry and focused as ever on “When in Love,” “Act Like You Know,” and especially “Eyes Are the Soul,” which contains three vignettes of urban souls in crisis: a victim of AIDS, a crack addict, and a teen who's forced to abort a pregnancy. It’s unfortunate that Lyte's label was reluctant to let her be hardcore hip-hop, because Act Like You Know is at its best on the songs produced by 45 King, one of the realest and most respected New York beatmakers. Lyte comes alive on “Like a Virgin” and “Big Bad Sister,” but the best of the lot is “Kamikaze,” as fearsome and sinister as anything on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, which was being recorded around this time.

Customer Reviews

Still Dope!

Aw, man...I absolutely love this album! As a kid, I used to play the tape over and over again cause MC Lyte was a beast with her rhymes! And she still is..:) ugh! This was when hip hop was at its purest..I miss hip hop so much...


Born: October 11, 1971 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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Act Like You Know, MC Lyte
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Electronic, East Coast Rap, Dance, House
  • Released: Sep 17, 1991
  • Parental Advisory

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