Jamel Arief (born Elgin Turner; August 18, 1969), better known as Masta Killa, is an American rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Though one of the lesser-known members of the group (he was featured on only one track on their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)), he has been prolific on Clan group albums and solo projects since the mid-1990s, and released his debut album No Said Date in 2004 to positive reviews. In 1996 Lyte began what is now a very successful voice-over career. She voiced campaigns with several corporate brands. Lyte also voiced a short-lived BET show called The Boot and has just signed on to become a voice for the branding of the Starz network.
In 2007 Lyte joined the cast of MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar and coached Shar Jackson to a hip hop emcee victory in a mere eight weeks. During that same tim,e Lyte hit the road in between shooting and joined the Roots for a nationwide VH1 House of Blues Tour.
In June 2006, MC Lyte was interviewed for the documentary The Rap Report, Part 2, also featuring Chuck D of Public Enemy. MC Lyte talks about her career in rap music and she also discusses what it was like during the beginnings of hip hop. She also performs a concert of her most famous hits. The DVD is available at historyonvideo.net. The program is produced by Rex Barnett.
Lyte also opened Shaitel, a Los Angeles boutique that specializes in accessories from belts to sunglasses. "We sell a mixture of new and vintage items," she explains. "We also have a few signature pieces that are done just for the store. We boast to bring a little New York flavor out here to California."
In February 2006, her diary, as well as a turntable, records, and other assorted ephemera from the early days of hip hop, were donated to the Smithsonian Institution. This collection, entitled "Hip-Hop Won’t Stop: The Beat, the Rhymes, the Life" is a program to assemble objects of historical relevance to the hip hop genre from its inception.
In October 2006, MC Lyte was one of the honored artists on VH1's annual award show Hip Hop Honors. She was joined by fellow female MC's Da Brat, Remy Ma, and Lil' Kim as they performed some of her tracks, such as "Cha Cha Cha," "Lyte as a Rock," "Paper-Thin," and "Ruffneck." She previously took part in the MTV reality series Celebrity Rap Superstar as the mentor of Moesha actress Shar Jackson.
In 2005, she released two songs produced by Richard "Wolfie" Wolf called "Can I Get It Now" and "Don't Walk Away" (with Meechie), both available at the iTunes Store. In 2007, she released a song called "Mad at Me" available at the iTunes Store. In 2008, she released two songs called "Juke Joint" (on both UK & US) & "Get Lyte" (exclusive to US) available at the iTunes Store. In 2009, she released a song at the iTunes Store called "Brooklyn."
MC Lyte's song "My Main Aim" is the title song of the video game NBA Live 2005 by EA Sports.
MC Lyte served as the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy from 2011 to 2013. She is the first African American to serve in this role and she is also the founder of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, the President the entertainment firm Sunni Gyrl, Inc., and an honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority.