MC Lyte Unimpressed With Today's Rap

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MC Lyte isn't too impressed by some of the rap being produced by today's artists.

At a recent conference on rap music at Fisk University, the veteran rapper and others advocated boycotting offensive music, even if it temporarily impedes hip-hop's continued commercial success.

"Facing financial woes needs to happen to some (artists), it might be the only way to reach them," she said. "They're being commended for music that has no message. It's scary to think about the beliefs they are spreading to children."

The panel discussion was part of a three-day workshop titled "Rap and Race: Educating Black Minds" sponsored by the historically black college's Race Relations Institute.

Organizers hope the sessions encourage hip-hop fans to talk about what concerns them about the music and reject material that doesn't reflect their values.

MC Lyte was one of the first female rappers to gain commercial success. Her hits include "Lyte as a Rock," "Cha Cha Cha" and "Ruffneck."

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