It’s obvious that rap has changed since the ’80s. But, women have been objectified consistently. MC Lyte was one of the first women in hip-hop to stand up for her own feminine ideals as well as her general fly-ness as a person! Because most of today’s rappers have seemingly abandoned lyricism all together, Lyte might be one of the greatest rap lyricists of all time!
1. “Pronto, Quick, Fast”
An interesting take on the concept of coffee shops! Genius reports that MC Lyte is famously “anti-drug”. Lyte’s imagination soars in this sordid narrative. In it, Lyte is shot due to a coffee shop drug deal. Some of us are upstanding members of society who want our coffee beverages without the hassle! Yes, even rappers.
2. “Better Than Before!”
According to Dr. Dionne Bennett of Hiphop Archive, Lyte defined hip-hop’s “lyrical standards” in the year ’89. Lyte has one of the strongest voices of her entire generation. Her lyrics and delivery are both on point! The decade is known for macho self-celebration. It’s no small feat for a woman to dominate in such an egotistical environment!
3. “Cecilia Has A Man, A Dealer!”
4. MC Lyte as “Master Of Creativity”