MC Lyte To Be Honored With BET’s I Am Hip Hop Award

With the upcoming 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards filming at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 28, Billboard revealed today that MC Lyte will be receiving a lifetime honor award. The Brooklyn native who helped make First Priority Records (along with affiliates Audio Two) a destination label in the 1980s, and in doing so, made lyrical hits like “Cha Cha Cha,” radio anthems such as “Cold Rock A Party,” storytelling tragedies like “Georgia,” and the hardcore Hip-Hop relationship anthem “Ruffneck.”

Sporadically releasing music in her 25th year, Lyte keeps busy with the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which provides a full scholarship to a deserving four-year college student, and the corresponding Hip Hop Sisters Network, through which female artists can showcase their talents.

Past honorees include Rakim, Grandmaster Flash, Russell Simmons and Salt-n-Pepa. Later this year, Lyte will appear alongside The Lady Of Rage, Monie Love, Yo-Yo, Smooth and Lil’ Mama in “Hip-Hop Sisters,” a BET reality series.

Lyte, we salute you!

The special airs October 15 on BET.

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