Over the course of three albums, MC Lyte, one of hip-hop’s founding females, has held her own in the macho rap world. She has done it by speaking plainly and mincing no words. Lyte’s previous album, ”Act Like You Know,” was softer than anything she’d done before. But on the feisty Aint No Other, she has given up on romance and is back to her bad Brooklyn self — mocking a lame pickup line, warning brutal boyfriends, and always ready with a salty comeback: ”He ain’t gotta be large to be in charge,” she says on the thumping ”Ruffneck,” her rebuttal to Apache’s rap hit, ”Gangsta Bitch.” With an introduction by KRS-One and funky mixes by everyone from her brothers Audio Two to Backspin, Lyte launches into one attack after another, tripping up only once, on ”Steady F—king,” when she rips early rival Roxanne Shante to shreds. Anger is cool fuel, but with luck Lyte will realize she doesn’t need catfights to stay on top.
Aint No Other