You must have heard the name, MC Lyte. She is considered hip hop’s first ever female rapper. “Lyte as a Rock” was her first album which was critically acclaimed in 1988. Lyte is one of the pioneer feminists in the world of hip-hop. Let us dig out more about the life, career, achievements and net worth of MC Lyte in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Lana Michelle Moorer is her birth name, and she was born in 1970 on the 11th of October. New York’s Brooklyn is her birthplace. There is hardly any information available about her parents and family. But, since she was brought up in a neighborhood of hip-hop and rap music, it is quite natural that she would be influenced with it.
Though she was not that much into academics, she went to a school in Brooklyn and then managed to graduate from high school. She didn’t opt for college. She grew up with DJ Giz and Mike D who were her brothers and her trainers too, teaching her how to rap.
Speaking of her own life, there is not much to know about her dating life. Presently married to John Wyche, an entrepreneur and a Marine Corp Veteran, she leads a happy life. They met over a dating website online and after a year of dating decided to make it legal.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Twelve years old and she could rap, that is how it all started. It was almost an innocent childhood dream to become a hip-hop singer and rapper. Her first break was given by the duo Mike D and DJ Giz as they made it sure that Atlantic gave her a chance by keeping this as their only condition for signing a contract with Atlantic Records. So, at the age of fourteen Lana hit the stage with her new name ‘Sparkle.’
Though she was very good at rapping and performing but still, to come up with her composition, it took her almost two years. After her struggle for recording her first track was over, she didn’t need to turn her back anymore and was getting too much of appreciation in her field. The audiences of hip-hop and rap were going gaga over this new music personality with such control over her skills.
She gained more and more experience and refined her ways for betterment. “Lyte as a Rock” and “Ain’t No Other” are some of her hit albums. Her work was utilized in many television series like MTV Unplugged, Moesha, etc. She made appearances in series like ‘Half & Half,’ ‘Get Real,’ ‘In the House’, etc. Her achievements include her nomination for Grammy Award and her induction into the honored artist’s group at the ‘Hip Hop Honors,’ Vh1’s annual award show.
Net Worth & Earnings
Lana has a net worth of $10 million, and most of it is due to her excellent music career as an American female rapper. Some of it is a result of her sideline business ventures.
She is a trend-setter of our generation and thus highly inspirational. Many look up to her to get inspired to live a fulfilling life.