A Lyte Take on Hip Hop


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2011) - Get a “Lyte” take on hip-hop from rapper MC Lyte on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Harris Grand Ballroom. This event is free and sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB).

MC Lyte is an accomplished hip-hop artist from New York who’s first album “Lyte as Rock” debuted in 1988. In 1993 her classic anthem, “Ruffneck” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Single, making her the first female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy. Lyte was the first female hip-hop artist to sell over 500,000 albums, which earned her a Gold Record. She has won Billboard Artist of the Year and a Soul Train Award. In 2010 Lyte performed on the “VH1 Divas Support the Troops” special.

This is the first event of the semester for the Why We Love Hip-Hop Series. Lyte will talk about her personal journey with hip-hop and being a woman in the industry.

“MC Lyte is a pioneer in the industry as far as female rappers are concerned and really opened the door for other female hip hop artists to be respected and successful,” said Jasmine Whitlow, SAB Director of Multicultural Affairs.

The Why We Love Hip-Hop Series is in its second year and brings hip-hop to the forefront through exciting topics, speakers and events.

The Student Activities Board brings more than 100 events to the University of Kentucky annually that enhance the college experience by providing students, other members of the campus and the Lexington community with entertaining, educational or enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends.

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Katy Bennett can be reached via email at katy.bennett@uky.edu or at (859) 257-1754, ext. 255.