The Kennedy Center

MC Lyte



Biography

Lyricist, inspirational speaker, DJ, pioneer, icon, veteran, and entrepreneur describe one of the most prolific and well-respected female hip-hop artists of all time: MC Lyte. She has consistently found ways to reinvent herself musically, while expanding her resumé and gaining new fans. Reared in Brooklyn, New York, MC Lyte always has her finger on hip-hop’s pulse. Many are familiar with her stellar music-making skills, but over the course of her extensive career, MC Lyte has ventured out to other avenues that have allowed her to show the world just how talented she truly is.
 
A pioneer in the industry, she opened the door for future female hip-hop artists by daring to do what had never been done while doing something she loved. MC Lyte is the FIRST rap artist ever to perform at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall, the FIRST female rapper to ever receive a gold single, the FIRST female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy, and, in 2006, MC Lyte became the FIRST solo female rapper to be honored/inducted on VH-1’s Hip Hop Honors.
 
MC Lyte has graced network television as well as the big screen and she has been the voice behind the VH1 Hip Hop Honors and national campaigns for Wherehouse Music, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Nike.
 
A role model to women and respected by men everywhere, MC Lyte never compromises who she is and consistently displays that a woman can turn heads fully clothed! Whenever possible, MC Lyte enjoys traveling across the nation to use her expertise and story of success to motivate others to take ownership of the world around them while striving to be the best they can possibly be. Author of UNSTOPPABLE: Igniting the Power Within to Achieve Your Greatest Potential, MC Lyte provides keynote addresses at educational institutions, community centers, and corporations around the globe and is also very active in many social projects, including anti-violence campaigns, HIV/AIDs prevention, and Rock the Vote.
 
MC Lyte resides in Los Angeles, California, reigns as the CEO of Sunni Gyrl, Inc. and Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, is a trustee and the immediate past President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy organization), is co-host of the nationally syndicated Cafe Mocha radio show, and is a proud honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/5/2014: Black Girls Rock! Presents Rock! Like a Girl™ featuring MC Lyte, Jean Grae, Miri Ben-Ari, Ana Tijoux, Be’la Dona, Rapsody, and DJ Beverly Bond with a special appearance by Ms. Lauryn Hill

The multi-talented visionary, DJ, founder, and CEO of Black Girls Rock!, Beverly Bond collaborates with the Kennedy Center to present Rock Like a Girl, a signature Bond-Vision Media™ production that celebrates women’s contributions to the art and culture of hip-hop. The program includes performances by a diverse group of female artists from around the world, including legendary rap artist MC Lyte, critically acclaimed lyricist Jean Grae, Grammy Award–winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari, French Chilean MC Ana Tijoux, North Carolina MC Rapsody, a special appearance by the multi-talented Grammy Award–winning MC, singer, and song-writer Ms. Lauryn Hill, and other special guests! D.C.’s own all-girl go-go band, Be’la Dona, serves as the house band with DJ Beverly Bond on the ones-and-twos. Together, these women show what it means to “rock like a girl.” Please join us for a post-show discussion with artists, academics, and activists that encourages dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. Please note: This concert contains explicit language. A limited number of free tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

MC Lyte