9. MC Lyte: $8 million
Born Lana Michelle Morer on October 11, 1970, MC Lyte became one of the first ever-female rappers to release a solo album. MC Lyte became famous in the late 80’s for her solo album release of Lyte as a Rock. A successful career, MC Lyte produced a total of 8 albums, with her most recent Legend, released in April 2015, 12 years after her seventh album titled Da Undaground Heat, Vol. 1 (2003).
In 1993, MC Lyte’s fourth album Ain’t No Other reached gold status with her song “Ruffneck” being nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Single, making her the first female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy. Other than music, MC Lyte also went ahead and appeared in other fields. MC Lyte featured on television as herself on shows like MTV Unplugged, In Living Color, Moesha, Cousin Skeeter, New York Undercover, My Wife and Kids, and Sisters in the Name of Rap. Lyte also acted in both television and film. You can find her playing in the following TV shows: In the House, Get Real,Half & Half, and The District. Her first film role was in 1993 for the movie Fly by Night, and other movies such as, A Luv Tale (1999), Train Ride (2000), Civil Brand (2002), and Playa’s Ball (2003). Her most recent appearance was in 2011, where she guest starred in the Regular Show episode “Rap It Up,” portraying a member of a hip-hop group, which included characters voiced by Tyler the Creatorand Childish Gambino.
MC Lyte also became part of the fashion industry, opening a Los Angeles boutique called Shaitel, specializing in accessories. Also the CEO of the global entertainment firm Sunni Gyrl Inc., founder of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, and an honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, MC Lyte has a long list of successes that keep her on the Highest Paid Female Rappers of All Time list.