7 Deadly Femcees: MC Melodee / MC Lyte
Amsterdam's MC Melodee keeps it pure by kickin' wicked rhymes and educating through hip hop.
This week is all about showing the ladies mad love. We’re teaming up with our home girl, Naps the Cat, graffiti artist and creator of the Female Rap Coloring Book, for a seven-day series that will showcase seven different female emcees. Don’t think we’re going soft either; each of these women spit enough fire to scorch any male competition.
For our 7 Deadly Femcees series we’ve asked each rapper to choose and color in an emcee from Naps’ coloring book that has influenced them and their career. Each day we’re bringing you a profile of a new dope femcee on the rise and a song to add to your Bump That playlist. You can thank us later.
For day 3, we bring you, self-proclaimed Dutch Rap Queen, MC Melodee. Representing for Holland, her rhyme skills are Lyte as a Rock. Her raspy voice and old school vibe remind you of the truth that can only be found in real hip hop. Not only is she a bad-ass femcee but she is also a hip hop educator. She is the leader of a peer education project and is director of “Dam Dutchess” a platform that gives other female emcees in Amsterdam a chance to shine.
Describe your music style?
Tough but sexy. Witty rhymes combined with a raspy voice and a tight flow. What you see is what you get. When I was about 16 years old, I started to write my own rhymes and perform my songs onstage. That’s when I found out that was a great way for me to express myself. Spread that vibe, bring that energy, bring that skill and quality. I still stand by that. That’s what I try to bring with my music.
Why did you choose this artist, what influence has she had on you and your music?
Next to Salt N Peppa, MC Lyte was one of the first female emcees I heard. I instantly loved her voice and flow. Songs like “Paper Thin” & “Cha Cha Cha” were songs that I often heard at parties and these songs are still classics. I checked out Lytes show a couple of times when she performed in Amsterdam and she was always on point, flow-wise and her voice sounded the same as on vinyl. That’s dope to me. I respect the fact that she’s been doing her thing since way back and she’s still out there kickin’ it. She’s one of the female emcees that inspired me to kick my shit. I had to pay respect to Lyte by doing my own version of “Cha Cha Cha” in 2011.
What new projects are you working on?
I just came back from a trip to the US where I hit the studio with several great LA, NY, New Orleans-based artists. Since I just got back I have a lot of new projects waiting on me. Right now I’m working on an EP with Like from Pac Div. I also have some features with great international artists coming up. In the past I’ve worked with Cookin Soul, Mac Miller, Smiff n Wessum, Chuck Inglish (Cool Kids), Ohno, Fiend, Pharcyde and DJ Whoo Kid. Expect more great artists to be added to that list soon!
Check out her performing her version of MC Lyte’s Cha Cha Cha and let us know if you’re feeling this Dutch rapstress below.