MC Lyte honored at the BET Hip-Hop Awards

The first solo female rapper to release a full album, she has long been considered one of hip-hop’s pioneer feminists.

The veteran rapper MC Lyte was given the “I Am Hip-Hop Award” for her career achievements at the 8th annual BET Hip-Hop Awards Saturday.

At the taped award show held at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, Lyte, one of the few female rappers who dominated the rap game in the late ’80s and ’90s was presented with the accolade by Eve who spoke highly of Lyte’s many accomplishments.

The first solo female rapper to release a full album with 1988’s critically acclaimed ‘Lyte as a Rock’, she has long been considered one of hip-hop’s pioneer feminists. Her relentless dedication to the community with her  non-profit  organization Hip Hop Sisters Network promotes positive images of women and supports young women in music.

“There are about 2,500 female MCs and they all come from different walks of life and all have a different story to tell,” Lyte told Caribress’ entertainment editor on the red carpet.

The iconic rapper whose career has spanned more than a decade said if she had to do it all again, she would have armed herself with more knowledge on the industry.

“I would have probably asked many more questions. Just so I can become knowledgeable faster. It wasn’t till I became older that I realized that I deserved to know the answer to this,” said Lyte.

A special video tribute featuring Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Queen Latifah also aired for the veteran rapper. During her acceptance speech she urged other female rappers to “keep the dream alive.”

Lyte joins other honorees such as Rakim, Russell Simmons, Salt-N-Pepa and Grandmaster.

Hosted by Snoop, performances included Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, French Montana, ScHoolBoy Q and Jay Rock.

The show airs on Oct. 15 on BET.

Pictured: MC Lyte (Photo courtesy of Royalty Image)

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