Pioneering female rapper MC Lyte (a.k.a. Lana Moorer) has put four years of acting
classes to good use: Last week she completed work on her movie acting debut, in an
indie film entitled "Train Ride."
"It takes place on a college campus," Lyte, 26, explained from the film's Chadds Ford,
Pa., set last week, four days before wrapping up her acting duties in the film. "It deals
with some really important issues."
While explaining that she couldn't talk too much about the flick or who was working on it,
she did say that she was the female lead -- named Katrina Daniels -- and that the film
revolved around her character's experiences in an institution of higher learning.
While Lyte has also appeared on the television shows "Moesha," "In the House" and
"N.Y. Undercover," she denied that she was making a permanent shift from behind the
mic to in front of the cameras.
"I don't want to say I'm expanding away from hip-hop or moving on," she said. "I'm just
adding to it. It's a wonderful thing for a rapper just to be given the opportunity."
The film is currently without a distributor and consequently does not have a set release
Seven and Seven, MC Lyte's next album, will hit store shelves on Aug. 18 and
will feature the first single
HREF="http://www.addict.com/music/MC_Lyte/I_Can't_Make_A_Mistake.ram">"I Can't Make a Mistake"
Make a Mistake"(RealAudio excerpt) and the production work of fellow rap
veteran LL Cool J and current R&B artist Missy Elliott.