MC Lyte Takes On Debut Film Role

The pioneering rapper has spent much time recently in front of a movie camera, making 'Train Ride.'

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

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Make a Mistake" (RealAudio excerpt) and the production work of fellow rap

veteran LL Cool J and current R&B artist Missy Elliott.