MC Lyte vs Queen Latifah:
Mc Lyte was born in New York in 1970 and began rhyming at age 12. She really starting schoolin heads when she turned 17, and the next year she dropped her first album “Lyte as a Rock”. As of today she has released 10 album total with her most popular being “Bad As I Wanna B”. “Bad As I Wanna B” featured production by Jermaine Dupri & R Kelly and featured 2 big singles that blew up “Keep on, Keepin’ On” featuring Escape and “Cold Rock a Party” which featured up and coming rapper, songwriter and producer Missy Elliot.
Mc Lytes biggest hits that got her the most attention was “Ruffneck”. “Ruffneck” ended up being one of her most popular songs off her 4th album “Ain’t No Other” and was also the first single to reach gold status. The song went on to be nominated for a Grammy for “Best Rap Single” which made Lyte the first female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy. Other memorable songs she has dropped include “Cha Cha Cha”, Cappucino”, Poor Georgie”, & “Ride Wit Me” with her biggest featured single being “I Wanna Be Down” from Brandy, Yo-Yo and the one and only Queen Latifah. Speaking of Queen Latifah…
Queen Latifah was born in 1970 as well and grew up in Newark, New Jersey and starting beat boxing at 18 for a group called “Ladies Fresh”. Later that year she got signed and dropped her first single “Wrath of My Madness”. The next year in 1989 she released her first album “All Hail the Queen” and followed up with 7 more albums to date with all of them doing pretty good with ratings.
“Black Reign”, “The Dana Owens Album” and “Trav’lin Light” were all very popular selling over 1.5 mil worldwide. Her biggest single is “U.N.I.T.Y.” from her “Black Reign” album. The song speaks out against disrespect of women in society, addressing issues of street harassment, domestic violence, and slurs against women in hip-hop culture. Other big singles were “Ladies First”, “Latifah’s Had It Up 2 Here”, “Just Another Day” & “Bananas (Who You Gonna Call?)”.
2 extremely strong, positive, independent, & influential female artists. We need more woman like this in hip-hop nowadays!