BET will honor MC Lyte with the “I Am Hip-Hop Award” at this year’s taping of BET Hip-Hop Awards on September 28 in Atlanta. Lyte will join the list of iconic former honorees, including Rakim, Russell Simmons, Grandmaster Flash and Salt-N-Pepa.
Lyte is receiving the award for paving the way for women in hip-hop, as she is only the second female solo rapper to be nominated for a Grammy (Queen Latifah being the other) and the first to achieve Gold status for her legendary single “Ruffneck” (1993). Lyte’s influence extends beyond hip-hop as she has also contributed to philanthropically by creating the ‘Hip-Hop Sisters Foundation,’ which gives full scholarships deserving college students, in addition to her work with the ‘Hip-Hop Sisters Network,’ which showcase’s upcoming female artists.
Lyte is also starring in and executive-producing a new BET reality show, Hip-Hop Sisters, which follows Lyte, The Lady Of Rage, Yo Yo, Smooth, Monie Love and Lil Mama as they re-launch their respective careers and search for the next great female emcee.
In the immediate future Lyte will appear on 106th & Park on October 7 and she will be a guest on the Arsenio Hall show on October 8th. The BET Hip-Hop Awards will broadcast on October 15.
In related news, check out the video for her latest single, “Cravin.”
Congrats MC Lyte! If anyone deserves to shine, she does. I got to meet her at a Hip-Hop Sisters inaugural meeting and she is so down to Earth, accessible and really genuine in her cause. She gave every single person in that room her phone number and told us not to hesitate to call her if we needed support. I never did call, but I’m starting to wish I did.