Lana Michele Moorer (born October 11, 1970), better known by her stage name MC Lyte, is a Grammy–nominated American rapper, DJ, actress and entrepreneur. Considered one of the pioneers of female rap, Lyte first gained fame in the late 1980s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album with 1988’s critically acclaimed Lyte as a Rock. She released a total of 8 solo studio albums (Legend of 2015 the latest to date) and an EP with Almost September.
With songs like Cha Cha Cha, Paper Thin, 10% Dis, Ruffneck (with which she also got the first gold certification by a female solo rap artist) and Poor Georgie she has influenced the work of later female rap figures such as Lil’ Kim, Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill and Eve, among others. She has also collaborated with artists like Sinéad O’Connor, Janet Jackson, Brandy, Xscape, P. Diddy, Will Smith and Beyoncé.
MC Lyte was recognized for her career with the “I Am Hip Hop” Icon Lifetime Achievement from the BET Hip Hop Awards and was honored at the VH-1 Hip Hop Honors. Also About.comwas ranked No. 26 on their list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987–2007) and No. 6 in the Greatest Rappers Ever survey organized by NME.