MC Lyte’s new album, Legend, her first in over eleven-years, merges the
classic sound of what made her an international superstar; together with the
new, edgy, compelling sounds of the 21st century.
Growing up and maturing–both personally and artistically–in one era, and
attempting to flourish in a subsequent one isn’t a challenge that should be
taken lightly. On Legend, however, MC Lyte doesn’t appear to have any jet
Lyte’s buzzing singles from Legend are shining examples. Paired with Lil
Mama and young R&B talent AV on “Ball,” (the video for “Ball” was
premiered by Billboard) MC Lyte shows
off an updated flow, bending and twisting rhymes over an uptempo beat most
of today’s artists shy away from, every word of every bar both audible and
crisply delivered. The chart-topping “Dear John” (which received premieres
from Complex doubles as the anthem for Lyte’s #EducateOurMen
scholarship program–is a stark contrast in tempo but not in execution. Lyte raps
alongside Common and pleads with young men troubled with life obstacles to stay
The true jewels, however, are hidden in the depths of Legend’s tracklist. “
Last Time” is an automatic standout, somewhat of a woman’s counterpart to
“Dear John.” The well-timed record offers sympathy for women emotionally
chained down by dysfunctional relationships, and a lyrical light at the end
of the tunnel. Similarly, records like “Cravin” and “Wanted” are feel
good, summer BBQ records that help illustrate Lyte’s songwriting ability,
which has evolved over time, as has her ability to keep her content fresh,
unique and impactful.
Legend features guest appearances from Common, Faith Evans, Lil Mama,
Kenny Lattimore, Coko & more and is a showcase of pure lyricism, a perfect
combination of what WAS and what IS—and it’s ALL MC Lyte….current but still
way ahead of her time. On National Record Store Day, make sure you grab
your copy of Legend, the 8th and defining album by MC Lyte.
Legend will be available for one day in Vinyl format only (with digital
downloads for album purchasers) at independent record stores nationwide as a
part of Record Store Day.
You can purchase MC Lyte’s Legend For One Day Only Starting Now At: