(A portion of the proceeds from The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter's GRAMMY Block Party benefitted PATH, a Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to ending homelessness for individuals, families and communities.)
GRAMMY-nominated artist and Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter President MC Lyte was the recent guest for an installment of The Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held during the Los Angeles Chapter's GRAMMY Block Party at The Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., Lyte discussed sexism in hip-hop, songwriting, the first time she heard her music on the radio, and the importance of Recording Academy membership, among other topics.
"No, I don't think [things] have changed," said Lyte of the male-dominated hip-hop world. "I think it takes the male MC stepping out in front and saying it's OK publicly to appreciate a woman."
Lyte released Bad As I Wanna B in 1996 featuring "Cold Rock A Party," a duet with Elliot that peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Seven & Seven followed in 1998, including guest appearances by Elliot and LL Cool J, among others. In 2003 Lyte released Da Undaground Heat, Vol. 1, resulting in a second GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Ride Wit Me." Lyte currently serves as the head of music at DuBose/Liles Entertainment and executive vice president for DuBose Music Group.
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