MC Lyte is Frustrated About the State of Female MCs

mclyte1.jpgMC Lyte is caps-lock upset about the media (really, only blogs) just now picking up on the lack of female MCs in music today, and rightfully so. This has been a topic of discussion here at SoulBounce and on other sites but it is refreshing, albeit bittersweet, to read about the issue from the perspective of one of the greats. She questions whether current female MCs can even be considered such within the framework of hip-hop:

"So many publications are deciding to now speak on something that has been brewing for many years now. Has the female MC morphed into something we can no longer recognize as hip hop?

She then reveals that the women she sees in hip-hop today are not recognizably MCs, all of whom she thinks "favor the melodic sounds of Missy Elliot" and "look good [and] sound good" but shy away from the title MC because that label gets them zero attention.

This post "The Female MC" on her blog is a case study in just how far
removed both hip-hop and music media really are from the source of this
issue: female MCs. MC Lyte writes in isolation about something
with which she is completely familiar, that affects her directly, but
that no one asks her about outright. She is objectified as a relic from
the glory days of hip-hop but even with all of her clout, her skills,
as a woman she is invisible. She jokingly dismisses this in her post
but actually her struggle for voice is a sobering reflection on the
pervasive sexism in hip-hop.

In the end MC Lyte calls men to task since "the female MC has been born
out of male camps since the beginning of time," commenting that

"...[T]here has got to be some men in the game that get
behind a woman and push. He needs to be happy with her point of view
from the get go and not mold her to his liking. Let her be!! With her
just being the truth will be told and she will gain fans from being

We're right there with you, MC Lyte. If only it were this simple.

The Female MC


6 Responses

  1. My heart still goes a-flutter when I think of Lyte at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Tour.

  2. Well she was awesome even in DC last year at CASRAM. Band & DJ she kiled..she has one of the best voices to me..

  3. The current female rappers are hot garbage. I miss the 80's and early 90's.

  4. Well check can a sista rock a mic festival o8 cause we Emonifela, Rathemc, bless roxwell, tk wonder and nola darling who pushing the females forward...

  5. I understand the discussion, however obviously we are only talking about those who push gold and platinum status units. Shawna, is one of the best females MC's that gets no attention now. She can flow with the best of them! She's def a lyricist to watch. If she were a man, she would be along the lines of Lil' Wayne, Luda, etc. she needs a deal!!!

  6. I see what MC Lyte is saying but to be honest alot of female rappers have lost faith in the whole major label thing and so like alot of male mc's they to have gone the independant route and buy the way with all this talk about there not being any female rappers around why has no one mentioned Shawna and Jean Grae or do these two lyrical artists notcount as the current two female hip hop artists spitting real hip hop in this current decade that we are know in.
    And to be honest with you right know as far as i am concerned the only female aritist bringing out excelent hip hop know, not just amonst the female artists but also the males artists and bringing out good albums are Jean Grae and Shawna it is as if they do not exist what do these two women have to do to get noticed buy other feamle mc of a by gone era or are they jealous that these two a way more lyrical than they are and are scared, listen to foxy brown's last album and then jean grae's and then you shall be able to tell who is the better hip hop artist.
    end of and remeber if ya wnat to hear good feamle lyricism just pick up a Shawna or Jean Grae CD of off amazon or from the record store you won't be complaining again. And talib Kweli has been backing Jean Grae since day one and she is signed to his label Blacksmith. Check out jean grae's albums this Week and Jeanius which was realiesed in 2008 both are graet albums and she is from new york.


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