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    LEGENDARY LYRICIST MC LYTE RECEIVES THE "I AM HIP HOP" AWARD PRESENTED BY SPRITE AT THE BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2013

    I Am Hip Hop Award

    MC Lyte first appeared on the scene in 1988 when she became the first solo female rapper to release a full album, "Lyte As a Rock." A leader in many areas, Lyte is the first rap artist to ever receive a gold single and in 1993, she became the first female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy Award for the aforementioned classic anthem "Ruffneck." With eight studio and four compilation albums, plus several guest appearances and soundtrack entries, Lyte continues to add to her collection of music offerings and entrepreneurial endeavors with her most recent release, "Cravin'," a hot new jam with an old school appeal, a fresh hook and Lyte's signature lyrical style (www.mclyte.info).

    A multi-faceted entertainer, MC Lyte is a noted actress, voice-over artist, radio show co-host, DJ, inspirational speaker, author and entrepreneur.Her signature style and recognizable voice can be seen and heard in dozens of films, TV shows, commercials, nationally syndicated radio airwaves and even video games. She's also appeared in off-Broadway theater and was the first African American female to serve as president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy.

    The philanthropist is the founder of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which recently commenced its search, for the second year in a row, to find the "MC Lyte $100,000 First Wave Scholarship" recipient, who will earn a full scholarship to obtain a 4-year college degree at one of the nation's top universities, undergirded in hip hop culture (www.hiphopsisters.org). Additionally, Lyte created Hip Hop Sisters Network, a platform for female artists to showcase their talents in an environment of encouragement and respect.

    MC Lyte joined the elite club of "I AM HIP HOP" Award recipients, which includes Grandmaster Flash (2006); KRS-One (2007); Russell Simmons (2008); Ice Cube (2009); Salt N' Pepa (2010); LL Cool J (2011) and Rakim (2012).

     

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