As a pioneer for female rappers in hip hop and a powerful force in the music industry to this day, it should come as no surprise that MC Lyte is set to receive the BET Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards, which will air on October 15. Lyte will be the eighth recipient of the annual “I Am Hip Hop Award.”
Lyte was the first female rapper to release a solo album and to receive a certified Gold single for “RuffNeck.” She is also the first female solo rapper to be nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance.
MC Lyte has proven that rappers’ voices extend beyond the hip hop community. She founded the Hip Hop Sisters Network to promotes positive images of women of ethnic diversity, bringing leaders together from the world of Hip Hop, the entertainment industry, and the corporate world, according to the organization’s website. The non-profit foundation grants an eligible four-year college student with a full scholarship each year.
Lyte plans to release new music, as well as executive produce an upcoming BET reality show called “Hip-Hop Sisters,” which will feature Lyte, Lady of Rage, Yo-Yo, Smooth, Monie Love, and Lil Mama.
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