I’m going to be upfront and straight out and make this bold statement, “MC Lyte is the best all around female MC in Hip Hop history!”
Now I know at this moment you’re saying, “whoa, wait a minute, what the hell are you talking about? How many albums has she done? How many platinum hits has she created?”
Well I’m not here to talk about her recording stats, however there is a reason why I made my bold opening statement. My reason is this; at this current moment in Hip Hop history there isn’t one female MC to compare let alone compete with her. The Hip Hop scene for female MCs today has taken on the look of a deserted western town with a few tumbleweeds being blown around.
Quite a lot of people are sayin’ that there are a lot of female MCs out there. My response to that is with one word, “WHERE?”
And quite a lot of people also have their own opinion on why there has been such a vacancy of female MCs.
My partner, Q Ball, and I have discussed many times about the vacancy, which in result we both came up with a lot of great points. When rap was an infant it had a great equilibrium between the sexes. It was and forever will be about the rhymes you write and the style you display on the microphone. Female MCs had no problem whatsoever standing on their own two feet, side by side with their counterparts. Today that’s been withered away by what I believe are male dominant thoughts.
Ignorance has created the new rule: today’s female MC has to have the complexion of Alicia Keys; a C or D cup chest; and an apple shaped rear-end to qualify for your attention.
Where the hell did that come from and when did it get started?
Don’t forget it’s suppose to be about the rhymes you write and the style you display on the microphone. It has never ever, EVER been about the way you look! That’s the act of the male dominant thought.
I’m not sure if MC Lyte had to deal with that, but from where I sit, I don’t think she did. During Lyte’s recording career we could compare her style with her competition. Competition with the likes of Roxanne Shante, Queen Latifah, The Real Roxanne, Finesse, Salt, Synquis, Pepa, Monie Love, Sweet Tee, Ms. Melodie, Lauryn Hill, Antoinette, Yo-Yo, Lady Luck, Ice Cream T, Da Brat, Rah Digga, Heather B, and the late MC Trouble.
One of the many reasons the competition was heavy for female MCs at that time was because it was all about the rhymes they wrote and the style they displayed on the microphone. The way they looked was never an issue, just like the way it is now and always has been in the Hip Hop culture.
Somehow, today’s rap music record executives and CEOs have adopted this rule created by ignorance. It seems that they can’t, won’t or don’t market and promote female MCs unless they have the complexion of Alicia Keys; a C or D cup chest; and an apple shaped rear-end that should, could or would qualify for their attention. Which brings me to believe that they lack the major motivation to market a real talented female MC, unless she can provide the excuse for them to exercise their soft pornographic way of thinking. This is my opinion to why I feel that there’s such a vacancy of female MCs in the recording industry.
Once again it’s the act of the male dominant thought. If a talented female MC is auditioning for a record deal, the male dominant thought is not to say “spit a freestyle, let me hear what you got.” That’s a no-no. The male dominant thought is to instead say this, “turn around, let me see what you got.”
Their other popular excuse not to invest in a female MC is because of high expenses. They claim that first and foremost they must form a hair, make-up and wardrobe crew. My response to that pathetic idea is with a question, “FOR WHAT?” So she can look good on the radio? So she can look good when I pop her CD in my CD player? So she can look good when I buy her song from iTunes? No, it’s only to make sure she looks highly radiant and sexual in her videos. That’s the soft pornography tactic of the male dominant thought in action.
What’s truly surprising to see is the lack of a woman’s fury on this topic. It’s so silent when it shouldn’t be.
How does that phrase go? “I am woman, hear me roar?” Well there’s not one female MC that’s roaring. If any female MC believes she has the talent to write her own rhymes and has a style to display on the microphone, then I feel she fully has the right to evolve in the recording industry without being the soft pornography project. That should be the daily challenge of all parties involve in the recording contract she signs.
And within that recording contract, I also feel that there should be a pregnancy clause where it should at least state that a record label cannot release her because she’s pregnant. Believe it or not some record executives will commit such a move.
Listen, if a record executive ever says to a real female MC, “turn around, let me see what you got!”, that’s when I feel she should shoot ‘em the bird and walk right on out of the office. Then, she should spread the word to all music magazines and local newspapers about this treatment.
A female MC doesn’t have to be a bitch to deal with the recording industry, but a woman’s scorn in the recording industry should be a bitch to deal with!