MC Lyte is considered by many to be one of the leading female voices in hip-hop, and rightfully so. Her rise began during the late 1980s, with her Lyte as a Rock debut project cementing her name in the industry. “Ruffneck” off of Lyte’s fourth album, Ain’t No Other, was the first single by a female emcee to ever achieve gold status, and in 2013, Lyte received the “I Am Hip Hop” accolade at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Previous winners included Rakim, LL Cool J, and Grandmaster Flash. MC Lyte was honored with the award as an appreciation for her unparalleled impact on hip-hop.