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Lyte As a Rock

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MC Lyte is woman. Hear her roar. On her 1988 debut, Lyte as a Rock, the savvy Brooklyn native balances her obvious battle skills with perceptive street-corner observations, delivered fresh over funky drum-machine beats (provided by Audio Two, and Prince Paul, among others). Lyte introduced herself to the rap world with the single "I Cram to Understand U," a potent tale of losing her man to the real femme fatale: crack. With that song, she established herself as one of the few MCs able to make an antidrug song without drowning in clichés ("Capuccino"" is a later antidope gem of hers). Lyte's stories work because she tells them from a smart-mouthed tomboy perspective--always pragmatic, never pedantic. On "Paper Thin," she gets raw about romance, putting potential suitors in their place: "Maybe we'll kiss on the fifth or sixth date," followed by "and then maybe I'll let you play with my feet." Though her dating guidelines may seem quaint compared with the raunchy raps of Lil' Kim or Foxy Brown, they remind one that in 1988 female MCs were rocking the rap world with skills, not skin. Lyte still does: check her blazing cameo on Common's "A Film Called Pimp." --Lizz Mendez Berry
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • Run Time: 2309 seconds
  • ASIN: B000002JLZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By L. Kessie on September 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Talent is truly given by the MAN UPSTAIRS. Only talent will last. She is amazing. Everyone needs this album if what you are looking for is real hiphop. If Kim, 50 Cent and these jokes you consider real MCS then please dont waste ur money, but if Krs-one, Rakim, deLasoul is what u consider real hiphop get this album and see lyrical ingeniuty at its peak.

PEACE.
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I have been a fan of MC LYTE from the start. Here is a very talented MC who is more than capable of rocking the mic. This album is very special as it is a very early effort from MC LYTE. Her ability to immerse the listener into her world is extra-ordinary. She shares her wisdom and insight with her audience in a very eloquent manner. MC LYTE is pure rap. Even today, despite its 1988 release, LYTE AS A ROCK continues to jam in the walkmans and CD players of true hip hop heads everywhere.
On 'Paper Thin', MC LYTE displays her amazing lyrical ability. She so delicately illustrates the importance of taking your time in a relationship. LYTE applies her knowledge to the track. This is the sign of a real MC. Trust me, this is a great jam. On 'Lyte Thee MC', LYTE shows us who is boss - she shows us just how dedicated she is to the artform of poetry. There is no competition when it comes to LYTE. None. 'I Cram To Understand U', produced by the Audio Two, is a classic old school hip hop jam. The beat of this jam is supreme. 'Kickin 4 Brooklyn' is slammin, and is also produced by the Audio Two. 'Lyte As A Rock', yet another Audio Two production, is a track which is almost too much for words - SLAMMIN!!! This uptempo track showcases MC LYTE's talent - The ultimate battle track. This track is sure to dismiss anyone who disses this album. Alliance, King of Chill and Prince Paul also produced tracks on this album. Can't forget those cats. Much love to them. '10% Dis' is great. On this track, MC LYTE shows her dominance on the mic. Never dis this MC, she rocks.
Buy this album if you apprecicate hip hop and its roots. 'LYTE AS A ROCK' came out in the 'Golden Age' of hip hop. Don't miss out.
Peace
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This deserves more than 5 stars. If you think Lil Kim, Foxy, Trina or any of those trash female rappers out there today are the greatest, I suggest you to listen to this album. Mc Lyte was pure at its fullest. She delivered classics that are still legendary to this day. So forget the crap they play today and travel back into time with this album and you'll see why I hate today's MTV and BET with passion.
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MC Lyte is one of my favorite emcees to touch a mic. I seriously don't know if there was another emcee in the game that had her wide range of abilities. There really wasn't a category that she was weak in. She had originality, flow, flavor, lyricism, vocal presence, live show presence, narration, longevity, industry impact, substance, concepts, battle skills, poetical value, versatility, and freestyling ability. Many emceees are strong in some areas but weaker in others and Lyte is strong all across the board. Her debut is arguably her best. "Lyte As A Rock" contains three all-time Hip Hop classics. "Paper Thin" had innovative production with these rim shots, screeching horns, and some oooh's in the background (producer King of Chill played a key role in the early Lyte records). "I Cram To Understand You" is a brilliant tale that bashed a crack head ex cementing Lyte as one of Hip Hop's strongest narrators. "10% Dis" (named because 90% of what Lyte wanted to say didn't make the record) was a scathing dis to old rival Antoinette. Apparently, Audio Two felt ripped off when one of their beats was used by Antoinette and they didn't feel comfortable attacking a woman so they enlisted MC Lyte to report for battle duty. The album may sound dated but that is only because the record is a definitive statement in an era that was known for that old boom bap style. This is a Hip Hop classic!
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Mc Lyte is one of those pioneers that you have the upmost respect for because she doesnt sell out or use sex as a gimmick to sell records. Mc Lyte has remained true to hip hop so I have more respect for her than I have for the hip hop hookers that are out now. Standout Tracks: tracks like Lyte As A Rock , Mc Lyte Likes Swingin, Lyte Thee MC, and Paper Thin show Mc Lyte's skill and should be put in the classic category. 10% Dis is the obvious Antionette diss record where everybody got that verse /Beat biter/ dope style taker/ I tell you to your face/ you aint nothing but a faker/. I Cram To Understand U you is the story of a guy who Mc Lyte loves who turns out to be a player and a crack addict. Filler: NONE! Bottom Line: Mc Lyte's Lyte As A Rock is a classic hip hop that you can enjoy from beginning to end. Mc Lyte's rhymes were great, her production was memorable and this album showed that there were more great things to come from her. MC LYTE SALUTE!!!!
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By A Customer on July 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Lyte as a rock is a stunning introduction to one of hip hop's greatest female lyricists.Featuring hip hop classics, "I Cram To Understand You", "Paper Thin", and one the rawest battle raps " 10%" dis Lyte shows a versitility that few female rappers (at the time of this album and even less now)seldom seen on one album. Music wise production from the King of Chill, Her brothers the classic rap group Audio Two, and her dj the underrated K-Rock this album is a must have as a foundation to starting any hiphop collection worth having. Tame lyrics , except for a couple songs, you won't be assaulted with a barrage of needless profanity that we have too much of now a days. A must have album along with her next two that follow it.
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