Throwback: MC Lyte-Paper Thin
The video became iconic because it captured hip-hop’s earlier commercial moments before the music industry co-opted the culture in favor of promoting stereotypes. Lyte’s door knocker earrings, the New York City subway and her tracksuit are all signifiers of hip-hop’s Golden Era. As a rapper, she has eight solo albums to her credit, which is more than any other woman in hip-hop. Her career has moved into different areas including acting, DJing, voiceovers and philanthropy. As of 2017, MC Lyte made an appearance at the Women’s March On Washington and just released the book Your Man & Your Money with Lynn Richardson.