Legendary is one of those words that is thrown around too often and it has, somehow, cheapened the meaning since it’s been used too many times to describe many people who haven’t earned that description. In the case of Lana Moorer, well, you may know her as MC Lyte, it is a title well-earned. She has enough accolades and has done so much in 25 years, that it would be an injustice if that word wasn’t used when speaking of her.
From the heart of Brooklyn, Lyte The Emcee, who ‘Crammed to Understand’ Sam’s crack addiction on her debut album, Lyte as a Rock. Then needed a ‘Ruffneck’ on her fourth album, Act Like You Know, to earn her first gold album; Lyte rose to become an artist in every sense of the word as she is also an actress, author, record executive, speaker, philanthropist and at the rate she is going, will be adding other titles to her name.
She has shown through her longevity in this industry that you have to know what you’re doing in order to thrive and still be taken serious. Who knew 25 years ago that her talent would lead to her being the entrepreneur she has become?
As one of her Brooklyn brethren, Jay-Z, once said, ‘I’m a business man.’ MC Lyte has proven that she is a business and just like her book of the same title, she is ‘Unstoppable.’
BlackEnterprise.com: Do you ever sleep?
Lyte: LMAO of course!!!
After being in this industry for over 25 years, it seems like you’re working more now than you were as a young rapper. How do you keep up with yourself?
LOL. I guess my need to create and inspire others ignites a fire that won’t let me stop. On top of that, I’m enjoying myself so it never really feels like work. I’m doing what I love and making a living out of it all.
BE: You are involved with several organizations, like Hip Hop Sisters Network, along with a few others, would you like to tell us what this is and what your role is?
Lyte: I’m the founder/CEO of Hip Hop Sisters Network. There’s a non-profit side and there’s also a for profit side. It was my dream to help empower young girls and women who are influenced by Hip Hop music.
BE: A little known fact, in June of 2011, you became the first African-American female president of the LA Chapter of the Grammy organization, how did that come about and what are some of your duties?
Lyte: I served in the room on the Governor’s board as an advisory board member the year prior. I spoke up and contributed. Later I was asked if I was interested in running and I jumped at the opportunity with the intention of making a difference. It was very important for me to represent the diversity that can and does exist within the academy.
BE: You currently have a book out, ‘Unstoppable,’ as it’s apparent, you are! What is the book about and what made you decide to add author to one of your many titles?