Lana “MC Lyte” Moorer appears as one of the rapper mentors in the MTV reality television competition series Celebrity Rap Superstar. Her celebrity apprentice on the show is Shar Jackson
. She is a female rap artist who was born on October 11, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York. The first single that she released was titled “I Cram to Understand U (Sam),” which focused on the topic of a dishonest lover’s addiction to crack cocaine. Afterwards, she entered into a recording contract with the First Priority label company. Moorer’s debut album was titled Lyte as a Rock, and was released back in 1988.
Lyte as a Rock featured both “I Cram to Understand” and “10% Dis,” which was a challenge against a microphone rival named Antoinette. Her later album was titled Eyes on This, which featured the rap chart-topper “Cha Cha Cha” and the song “Cappucino,” which rhapsodized about coffee. In 2006, the Smithsonian Institution received her diary as a donation for an exhibit on the history of Bronx music. Her contribution was joined by fellow hip-hop pioneers who also gave items such as vinyl records and turntables. Moorer has been nominated multiple times for a Grammy Award, and an MTV Music Award.
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