MC Lyte doesn’t assume she would make it in immediately’s rap recreation — as a result of she likes to put on pants on stage.
The hip hop legend — who in 1988 turned the primary feminine MC to launch an album, “Lyte as a Rock” — instructed Web page Six not too long ago that immediately’s super-sexual rappers appear extra enthusiastic about exhibiting off their our bodies than expressing their ideas.
“I not too long ago instructed any person it might be actually old-school for me to carry out on stage with pants,” she instructed us, “No person wears pants. It’s that kind of factor the place all people’s giving Rockettes and Vegas showgirl taste.”
Lil Kim began to convey intercourse into feminine rap within the Nineteen Nineties, however a current wave of stars together with Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj have discovered phenomenal success carrying skimpy stage garments and making racy movies.
“I’m comfortable that anybody feels nice of their physique. Maybe if I had a distinct kind of physique I might be like, ‘Hey see this?,’” the 51-year-old stated, “Nevertheless my stroll has been extraordinarily completely different from that within the very starting. I didn’t need individuals to take a look at me. I wished them to listen to me as a result of I had one thing to say and I wished them to concentrate to my phrases.”
And when requested about any previous desired to have cosmetic surgery, Lyte — who’s actual identify is Lana Moorer — says she “by no means felt the stress” to take action.
“I by no means felt the stress to do any cosmetic surgery. I truly may need the smallest butt within the trade and it’s OK, it’s mine, it belongs to me. If I had the center I’d do one thing completely different however all of the horror tales I hear I reasonably simply go forward drop and do some squats.”
The “Ruffneck” artist is taken into account one of many many pioneers in hip hop, notably for her storytelling rhyme type. Additionally recognized for her gold chains and door knocker earrings paired with saggy denims and outsized shirts — the favored avenue type of the time — in addition to on stage.
The rapper says that she blames mainstream tradition seeping into the old fashioned hip hop underground, and bringing Hollywood’s male gaze with it.
“Every little thing we’ve seen in hip hop we’ve seen within the films perpetually; we seen on tv. We actually to today nonetheless see girl in a variety of nothing holding up playing cards prancing round a boxing ring to say, ‘This Spherical One, Spherical Two, Spherical Three,’” she stated, “It’s not something new — it’s simply that the powers that be have discovered a method to monetize hip hop to the umpteenth energy and that’s why utilizing each tactic that they had been already utilized in different types of media.”
She instructed us that she wished that gifted underground feminine rappers like Rhapsody and Tierra Whack might get extra mainstream consideration, regardless that they don’t shine a highlight on their our bodies.
“I don’t assume there’s a variety of time, effort, cash, advertising and marketing and branding going into these artists. It’s a lot simpler to promote intercourse than the rest,” she stated.
MC Lyte’s new sitcom “Companions in Rhyme” will stream on Allblk community begining Nov. 18.