- Released: October 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
- 1.Lyte Versus Vanna White
- 2.Lyte As A Rock
- 3.I Am Woman
- 4.M. C. Lyte Likes Swingin'
- 5.10% Dis
- 6.Paper Thin
- 7.Lyte Thee M. C.
- 8.I Cram To Understand U
- 9.Kickin' 4 Brooklyn
- 10.Don't Cry Big Girls
Personnel: MC Lyte (rap vocals); Alliance, Audio Two, King Of Chill, Prince Paul (rap vocals, programming).
Producers: Alliance, Audio Two, King Of Chill, Prince Paul.
Engineers include: Gary Clugston, Dan Sheehan, Phil DeMartino, Yoram Vazan, Mike Dee.
Recorded at: I.N.S. Studios, New York, New York; Such-A-Sound, Brooklyn, New York; First Priority Lab, Staten Island, New York.
Personnel: MC Lyte (vocals).
Recording information: INS Recording Studio, New York, NY.
Photographer: John Pinderhughes.
In the earliest years of the hip-hop game, women were quite frequently overlooked until a new breed of female lyricist came along and gave the proverbial middle finger to a male-dominated game. MC Lyte's debut ushered in the era of the female MC -- confident, brazen, and not afraid to put male MCs in their misogynist place without flinching. The album starts off with a rather slow introduction before kicking things into high gear with the now classic title track, which put Lyte in the center of a media frenzy. With Lyte reasserting her femininity over and over again without compromising production quality or lyric delivery, Lyte as a Rock has aged better than most records that came out during hip-hop's formative years, although at certain moments it has become dated since its release. But what has aged is more than compensated by the classic tunes and the disc's potent historical impact on a generation of women MCs. A classic. ~ Rob Theakston