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MC Lyte Moves On From Rapping To Directing Films

MC Lyte, Hip Hop’s female artist who has broken boundaries, is now stepping into the role of a film director.

Speaking with Brianca Gracie of AudioMack, the rapper dives into her new journey. A journey which she is not afraid of, just as her mother, who inspired MC Lyte to not be afraid of trying new things.

Set for a 2021 release, the short film is based on consciously uncoupling. “I haven’t shot [the film] yet, but I do know through pitching that I have an eye, and I’ve had it for a long time,” the 50-year-old rapper said in the interview. “I’ve written a lot of the video treatments people have seen, and I’ve been on many sets. I watch movies three times: one because I’m enjoying it, two because I want to see the choices the actors made, and three is I want to see the set design and the cinematography.”

MC Lyte (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Lyte had her first acting role back in 1991, on the off-Broadway theater play titled Club Twelve, a hip hop twist on Twelfth Night alongside Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill.

Two years later she would make her film debut on the movie “Fly By Night”. She has been in other films such as Train Ride, Playa’s Ball, and Civil Brand. Now twenty-seven years later after making her film debut, MC Lyte is looking to lead her own team into her next journey.

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“I think if a director has a great team, there’s not much for them to do except communicate to the actors and help them be all that they can be in that character. It’s almost like a camp counselor—you’re leading them on a hike, but they got to do the hike. You can’t carry them on your back.”

Read the full interview here courtesy of Audiomack.

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