Having spent much of her life dedicated to hip hop culture, MC Lyte will be honored with the I Am Hip Hop Award presented by Sprite at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards, and she’s all for it. “I love how that sounds,” she said. “Let’s make it happen.” Over the course of her career, the Brooklyn-born artist has become the first rapper to receive a certified gold single (“Ruffneck”), the first female MC to release a solo LP (1988′s Lyte as a Rock) and the first female solo rapper nominated for a Grammy (also with “Ruffneck”). She’s made a total of eight studio albums; four compilation albums; numerous contributions as a guest feature; and is working on her next, an independently released album led by the instrument-driven summer single “Cravin’” featuring Cali collective Loudbox Entertainment. Lyte has further secured her longevity in the business by expanding her reach in the culture as a DJ, radio show co-host, actress and voice-over artist. She was the first African-American female president of the L.A. chapter of the Recording Academy and is founder of the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which is in its second year of offering a $100,000 academic scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a top-ranking school. Still, with all her success, she promises there’s more to come.