MC Lyte Claims Her Father Is The Hardest Person She Had To Forgive: “I Used Wait Up For Him To Pick Me Up”

Some relationships are hard to repair and forgive. Childhood traumas and issues can lead to very damaging effects as one grows up, especially when not dealt with. The co-hosts of the daytime television talk show The Real held a discussion about forgiveness and what it has taken to get to that point. Legendary rapper and television personality MC Lyte has been acting as a guest host and revealed who was the hardest to forgive in her life.

Born Lana Michele Moorer in Brooklyn, NY, MC Lyte had an early rise to success. At the young age of 12, MC Lyte learned she had the gift of rapping and started the pursuit of a rap career. While growing up in East Flatbush, MC Lyte (then going by the name “Sparkle”) held a close familial bond with Milk Dee and DJ Giz. They later became known as the legendary Hip-Hop duo Audio Two. Their father, Nat Robinson, was able to secure a label deal for Audio Two with Atlantic Records but negotiated that MC Lyte would be signed as well.

From there, MC Lyte began her acclaimed rise to fame. The New York rapper released her first single at the age of 16 called “I Cram To Understand You (Sam),” although it was written when she was only 12. Then, in 1988 at the age of around 17 to 18, Lyte’s debut album Lyte As A Rock, was released. Lyte’s sophomore album, released only a year later, would make her become the first female rapper to ever chart on the Billboard 200 charts.

MC Lyte’s career continued well into the 90s and beyond. Outside of a successful foray in music, the Grammy Award-nominated rapper expanded her resume to add actress. Lyte appeared in various films and television roles, including significant roles in Half & Half and For Your Love. The rapper also became the voice of the BET Awards for years and still serves in the same function.

It is evident that MC Lyte has flourished in more ways than one throughout her life. All that has been mentioned above does not begin to scratch the surface of the many things that the “Cold Rock A Party” rapper has accomplished. But all of that could have been derailed had she not let go of the animosity built up within her towards her father.

While she was on The Real, MC Lyte expressed that forgiving her father was one of the hardest things she’s had to do in her life. Reflecting on her early life growing up in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, MC Lyte recalls aimlessly waiting for her father. The latter had promised her many a time that he would take her places such as the movie theater. But each time that she would await her father’s arrival, she’d only be left with disappointment because “he wouldn’t show.”

The rapper shared that she would question her mother as to why her father showed no interest in spending time with her. But each time, Lyte’s mother would do and say the things in an attempt to calm her down. However, it would be years later that MC Lyte would discover why her father never fulfilled his promise to do something as simple as taking his daughter to the movies.

The rapper stated the reason, and it had nothing to do with her and everything to do with MC Lyte’s mother. “I found out much later it was because he wanted her to go to the movies too,” said the iconic rapper. MC Lyte states that her mother informed her father of the importance of building a relationship with his daughter without having the mother in the equation.  

But through all the letdowns and disappointments she’s faced with her father, MC Lyte says that it’s all water under the bridge. “Now, we’re the greatest,” she revealed while saying they are in communication. “I’ve pushed past any animosity that I might’ve felt, and it was worth it. In conclusion, the rapper shared the beautiful outcome that they are in a “great relationship” and that he’s a “good guy.” Check out the segment below. 

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