News: MC Lyte Responds To Tyler, The Creator's Lesbian Diss, "I Definitely Was Insulted"
Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 5:00PM
Rap veteran MC Lyte has responded to Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator in light of a recent diss from the crew's "Rella" record, sternly warning him about the pitfalls of public attacks.
Asked for her reaction to getting referenced as a lesbian, Lyte admitted she was thrown off by Tyler's choice of words.
"Yeah, I definitely was insulted. First off, it's totally new school. [Tyler] has yet to understand -- although he can have quite a bit of followers and fans, it does take a moment from one's entry in the business for them to really understand what it is that we do for other people. And how we inspire them, and how we influence them, and how we can literally make or break another human being's day. And with all that I've done throughout my years in inspiring generations of people, I think it very irresponsible of him. With saying that, we do have a generation that is quite irresponsible when it comes to what it is that they'll say [and] their behavior. [But still], it took me by surprise. One, because I know of people who know him and kind of hold him in high esteem. [But] from that action alone, I don't know that I feel it worthy for me to address it in any other format, outside of this. But, yeah, I thought it was very careless." (HHDX)
The rap veteran also said he should have looked for a more witty way to make the rhyme rather than name drop.
"Well, the point is just 'cause words rhyme or sound alike doesn't mean I need to be your stomping ground. So I do have to take it personally, unfortunately whether he meant it personally or not. I'm sure there was a more tactful way, if in fact skilled, you can deliver a rhyme on your own account and not involve me in the shenanigans." (Hip Hop DX)
While brief with the reference, Tyler's diss appears on the new OF Tape Vol. 2. project.
"See these girls talkin' all that sh*t (What?)/I'm just tryna see some t*ts (What?)/," Tyler raps, "Let's get it poppin' like, MC Lyte, around some dykes/I'm, out this b*tch like hocus pocus/And me and Lucas got a couple of pickles" ("Rella")
Last year, the OF leader denied holding anti-gay views.
"I'm not homophobic. I just think f*ggot hits and hurts people. It hits. And gay just means you're stupid. I don't know, we don't think about it, we're just kids. We don't think about that sh*t. But I don't hate gay people. I don't want anyone to think I'm homophobic. ([His friend] Jasper walks into the room) But he's a f*cking f*ggot!" (NME Magazine)
Check out the "Rella" music video below: