Lana Michele Moorer (born October 11, 1970), better known by her stage name MC Lyte, is an American rapper. Considered one of the pioneers of female rap, 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 albums (Legend of 2015 the latest to date) and an EP with Almost September.
With songs like Cha Cha Cha, Paper Thin, 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 has won a Soul Train Lady of Soul, garnered two Grammy Awards nominations, and was recognized for her career with the VH-1 Hip Hop Honors and BET Hip Hop Awards “I Am Hip Hop” Icon Lifetime Achievement. Also, About.com was ranked No. 26 on their list of the 50 best MCs of our time and No. 6 in the Greatest Rappers Ever survey organized by NME.