Armond White Music Review of rapper MC Lyte’s “Ruffneck” single (QUOTE from the Armond White book “The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World”)

 

89)  Armond White Music Review of MC Lyte’s “Ruffneck” single      -1993-

 

 

 

 

MC Lyte goes through a voice change on “Ruffneck” (First Priority Records) that’s as fascinating as a…

 

 

 boy’s who is going through puberty: full of the same conspicuous, silly embarrasing, charming, immature signs of ‘maturity.’  Her well-known hard delivery keeps its baritone oration, but it assumes an extra toughness to match the latest notion of accepted sex roles.  It’s a great performance. 

 

 

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MC Lyte snaps out the sharp ragamuffin syllables with thrilling, jumpy speed.  She paces her words less for sense than for the emotion that speech rhythm connotes.  ‘He’s a ruffneck so dats ah-ite!,’ she says, approving of a young man’s demeanor.  MC Lyte’s got more than Brooklynese down, yet something ain’t right.  First, she’s…”

 

 

To read more of Armond White’s take on MC Lyte’s “Ruffneck” song, purchase a new or used copy of The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World

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