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MC Lyte
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Birth Date:October 11, 1971
Astrology Sign:Libra
Chinese Sign:Pig - Yin
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Occupation:Hip Hop singer

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MC Lyte

Biography:MC Lyte (born Lana Michele Moorer on October 11, 1971 in Queens, New York) is a female rap artist. She was the first female rapper commonly acknowledged to be as hard as the men: she loves to curse, and she's got that fierce working-class Brooklyn voice and no-bullshit demeanor. But she's also written some of the most fearlessly honest and introspective lyrics in modern music. Also, the first rapper ever to perform in Carnegie Hall and the Arsenio Hall show. A few years back she became the first rap artist to tour for the USO, performing for troops stationed in Italy, Greece, Sicily, and Sardinia -- an audience she intends to reach out to again in the near future.

She released her first single, the crack tale "I Cram to Understand U (Sam)", at the age of 12 and then signed a contract with First Priority. Her debut album, Lyte As a Rock, was released in 1988, featuring the previous single and "10 is." The memorable “I Cram to Understand U (Sam),” which dealt with a lying boyfriend’s true mistress: crack. "10 is" is another classic that targeted her former microphone rival Antoinnette. "Paper Thin" is also another classic song that is considered her greatest hiphop cut and possibly the greatest hiphop cut from a female hiphop artist.

She then made a guest appearance on a remix of Sinead O'Connor's "I Want Your (Hands On Me)," which became a dance hit.

This was followed by the releases Eyes on This in 1989 (including "Cappucino"). Both her "Lyte As A Rock" & "Eyes On This" are considered her classics, especially the latter. It spawned the album's first single 'Cha Cha Cha', which peaked at #1 on the rap charts. Also featured 'Cappucino' which is a metaphysical story weaved around a bad cappuccino experience.

Act Like You Know was released in 1991, a generally softer, more melodic and often R&B-ish effort than either of her first two LPs. But even so, the album is far from a sellout; Lyte's music still has plenty of bite, substance and integrity. As before, she's at her best when telling some type of story instead of simply boasting about her rapping skills. Especially riveting are "Eyes Are the Soul" (a poignant reflection on the destruction caused by crack cocaine), "Lola at the Copa" (a warning about how a one-night stand can lead to AIDS; the title is a reference to the Barry Manilow hit "Copacabana"); and "Poor Georgie," which describes a young man's life and death in the fast lane. Lyte's change of direction proved to be short-lived -- with her next album, Ain't No Other, she returned to hardcore rap in a big way.

Ain't No Other was released in 1993. Lyte ditched the pop elements and emphasized hardcore rap on this LP. The song that did the most to define the album was "Ruffneck," a catchy, inspired single that found Lyte expressing her preference for ragamuffin street kids from the inner city. That same single is what became the first single to go gold by a female emcee. "Ruffneck" expressed Lyte's allegiance to hip-hop's hardcore, and she's equally rugged and hard-edged on tunes like "Fuck that Motherfucking Bullshit," "Hard Copy," and "Brooklyn." As a bonus track, First Priority includes a remix of "I Cram to Understand U," the song that had put Lyte on the map in 1987.

Lyte then moved to EastWest Records America and released Bad As I Wanna B (1996), which included a collaboration with Missy Elliott called "Cold Rock a Party". Seven & Seven (1998) also included guest appearances from Missy Elliott, along with LL Cool J and Giovanni Salah. Lyte is also featured as Kai, a recurring role on the UPN sitcom Half & Half. In December of 2004, she was inducted as an honorary member into Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

In December of 2005, her latest single "Wonder Years" (produced by DJ Premier of Gangstarr fame) leaked onto the internet to rave reviews. Her upcoming album, Back To The Future features production from DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Audio Two, King of Chill & Kay G. It is scheduled for release in May 2006.

In February of 2006, her diary was donated to the Smithsonian Institution, as well as a turntable, vinyl records and other memorabilia from her fellow hip-hop pioneers, for a collection that will trace the history of the Bronx-born music genre.

Singles Year Title Chart Positions Album US Hot 100 US R&B/Hip-Hop US Rap UK Singles Chart 1989 "Cha Cha Cha" - #35 #1 - Eyes on This 1989 "Cappucino" - - #8 - Eyes on This 1989 "I'm Not Havin It " - - #16 - Eyes on This 1991 "When in Love" - #14 #3 - Act Like You Know 1992 "Poor Georgie" #83 #11 #1 - Act Like You Know 1992 "Eyes Are the Soul" - #84 - - Act Like You Know 1993 "Ice Cream Dream" - - 11 - Mo' Money Soundtrack 1993 "Ruffneck" #35 #10 #1 #67 Ain't No Other 1994 "I Go On" #115 #68 #27 - Ain't No Other 1994 "You Want This" (Janet Jackson featuring MC Lyte) #8 #9 - #14 janet. 1996 "Keep On, Keepin' On" (MC Lyte featuring Xscape) #10 #3 #2 #27 Sunset Park Soundtrack 1996 "Can't Hang" (Xscape featuring MC Lyte) #56 #16 - - Bad as I Wanna B 1997 "Everyday" - #44 - - Bad as I Wanna B 1997 "Cold Rock a Party" #11 #5 #1 #15 Bad as I Wanna B 1997 "Come On" (Billy Lawrence featuring MC Lyte) #41 #19 - - Billy Lawrence 1997 "Curious" (LSG featuring LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and MC Lyte) - #28 - - LSG 1998 "I Can't Make A Mistake" - - - #46 Seven & Seven 1998 "It's All Yours"(Gina Thompson featuring MC Lyte) - - - #36 Gina Thompson 2000 "Jammin'" (Bob Marley featuring MC Lyte) - - - #42 Shit I Never Dropped 2004 "Girlfriend's Story" (Gemma Fox featuring MC Lyte) - - - #38 Girlfriend's Story 2004 "Fighting Temptation" (Beyoncé, featuring Missy Elliott, MC Lyte and Free - - - - The Fighting Temptations Soundtrack

Chinese Horoscope for MC Lyte
Includes characteristics and Vices
MC Lyte's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: January 27, 1971 - February 14, 1972
Birthday: October 11, 1971

The Pig is a Yin,
and is the Twelfth sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Numerology is used to calculate tarot cards

MC Lyte's Personality Tarot Card The Hanged Man - Personality Card

Birthday: October 11, 1971

A sacrifice must be made in order to gain something of great value.

MC Lyte's Character Tarot Card The Empress - Character Card

Birthday: October 11, 1971

Abundance, fruitfulness and fertility; perhaps marriage or children.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

MC Lyte's Growth Tarot Card The Hierophant

Birthday: October 11, 2018

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.




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