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MC Lyte burst onto the New York rap scene at age 17 with 1987’s “I Cram to Understand U,” a nuanced portrait of a girl falling in love with a boy who tries in vain to hide his drug addiction from her. The song appeared the following year on Lyte’s debut full-length, Lyte As a Rock, which is chock-full of classic songs. Produced by members of Audio Two and Alliance (other founding groups signed to First Priority Music, Lyte’s fledgling label), songs like “Lyte As a Rock,” “Paper Thin,” and “10% Dis” combine tough and creative beats with Lyte’s hard-hitting rhyme style. Unlike the female rappers who preceded her, Lyte refused to play on the conventions of femininity. She refused to be a novelty, and her authenticity won her the respect of New York's notoriously judgmental hip-hop establishment. Thanks to her integrity, fans didn’t hear Lyte As a Rock as a female rap album—they heard a classic New York rap album. So when Lyte did take a stand for women—on songs like “Don’t Cry Big Girls” and “I Am Woman”—people felt the full force of her message.

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10% Dis

10% Dis is in my Top 10 favorite diss tracks of all time.

1. MC Lyte - 10% Dis
2. Ice Cube - No Vaseline
3. NWA - Real N****z
4. Dr. Dre - F*** Wit Dre Day
5. Eazy E - Real Compton City Gs
6. Snoop Dogg - Pimp Slapp'd
7. The Notorious BIG - Who Shot Ya?
8. 2Pac - Hit 'Em Up
9. Jay Z - Takeover
10. Nas - Ether

Hip hop finest

10% dis is an ol'school classic!! Give it up for the lyte!!


I always loved this Chick.


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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, East Coast Rap
  • Released: 1988
  • Parental Advisory

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