Album: Ain't No Other
MC Lyte's first top 40 single came off of her fourth album, Ain't No Other with a track called "Ruffneck." It peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles chart and was certified gold by the end of 1993.
Over a syncopated head-nodding beat from Wrecks-n-Effect members Aqil Davidson and Markell Riley, Lyte spits about wanting a dude from the streets, one whose "evil grin with a mouth full of gold teeth" only gets relief from starting beef. The song's ridiculously catchy chorus both objectified men ("Gotta what yo?/Gotta get a ruffneck") and gave Lyte her commercial peak five years into her Hall of Fame career. —Lauren Nostro