Sunday, March 29, 2009

MC Lyte - Lyte As A Rock [The Samples]

The battle for the title of G.F.O.A.T. (Greatest Femcee Of All Time) has always been a toss-up amongst only a handful of worthy contenders. Roxanne Shanté, Queen Latifah, Ladybug Mecca, Jean Grae and Bahamadia, just to name a few, have all earned their stripes... But at the end of it all, it's always boiled down to a tug-of-war between Lauryn Hill and MC Lyte, as far as I see it. But c'mon, Lyte's been doing this sh*t since the golden era, and where's Ms. Hill at? This gem right here comes straight outta '88, featuring a minimal sample style based primarily on great drum breaks. One particular track which has (still) got me scratching my head is a Steve Martin comedy snippet apparently used on Lyte's "I Cra to Understand U". I don't hear it. If you can enlighten me, I'd be grateful. Anyways, this sample set is shorter than most... Nonetheless, I really wanted to put this one together because it's been my effort to complete as many Source 100 albums as possible. Dig in and... as always... turn it up!!


  1. Thanks for this, this album is classic. Dont forget Monie Love, she caught wreck aswell!

  2. Lauryn Hill? GTFOOHWTB! You have to make more than once decent album before you're even fit to carry Lyte's spiral notebook (currently on display at the Smithsonian).

  3. Also, Lyte as a Rock samples Sweet Pea by Tommy Roe.