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In a recent interview, Lyte also told SiriusXM host Clay Cane that she felt this kind of mindset and attitude can do more harm than good.
“I think it does a disservice to us as a community to think that way,” she added, “but I also understand the generation that’s coming up now, everything is the proof, and they want to see the proof, as opposed to feel the proof, or hear the proof.”
In addition to paying tribute to icons like Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Melly Mel, Treacherous Three and others who set the stage for artists like her, Lyte also pointed to the fact that it’s possible to pay tribute to your predecessors and also improve the game.
“When you talk about JAY-Z and Kanye [West] being able to take the torch into a whole other stratosphere; but yet they know who inspired them,” she said. “I believe that no one ever sat down and picked up a microphone. All of them needed to listen to someone who has inspired them to want to be more expansive, bigger.”
The conversation was started by Cane who made an analogy to his “old school vs. new school” battle of words, which was ignited by Akademiks and the concept of the sitcom Lyte’s Partners In Rhyme.
In the show on the show, the “Cha Cha Cha” MC portrays a OG Rap actor who is tasked with managing her niece, an upcoming Instagram rapper who was dismissed by her former label.
See MC Lyte’s entire performance on the SiriusXM channel The Clay Cane Show on Urban View below:
Partners In Rhyme co-stars with Precious Way who also played an identical character on ABC’s Hip Hop drama, Queens together with Brandy, Eve and Naturi Naughton. This show ended up being pulled in May despite receiving more than a million viewers during Season 1’s finale.
In promoting her show’s debut season, MC Lyte told HipHopDX that it didn’t take much time to be up-to-date about how people who are “kids” are interacting with social media and bringing their music out to a larger public.
“I’ve definitely figured it out,” she added. “I’m an Libra and we’re gadget lovers by nature. We’re constantly trying to figure out what new gadget I can utilize to simplify my life. Therefore, 100%, I’m fully aware of how stars are created today however, I also play on the show a bunch of people that don’t even knowthat they are older and are more used to driving around in their cars and listening to radio. I don’t know when the last time I was listening to radio. I use streaming services every time I step into the car.”
She also said that a part of the current generational conflict that is taking place in Hip Hop, and beyond it, is because “there are a large group of people who are accustomed to doing things the way that they’ve always done them.”
The second season of Partners In Rhyme starts on the 13th of October at 9 p.m. on ALLBLK The channel forms part of the AMC streaming platform.
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