Album: Lyte as a Rock

Hailed as one of the 50 Best Diss Songs in hip-hop history, MC Lyte's "10% Dis" was 100% effective. Her lyrical beatdown of Queens rapper Antoinette was studded with jewels like "Pop you in the microwave to watch your head bubble/Your skin just crumble, a battle's no trouble." As the step-sister of Brooklyn's own Giz and Milk from Audio Two, Lyte had access to the hottest beats, and she was also exempt from any sort of pressure to sleep her way to the top, demanding and receiving maximum respect from all men she encountered in this testosterone-soaked industry. —Rob Kenner