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Roxanne Shante

Roxanne Shanté (born Lolita Shanté Gooden on November 9, 1969) is an American hip-hop pioneer. Born and raised in the Queensbridge Projects of Queens, NYC, Shanté first gained attention through the Roxanne Wars and her association with the Juice Crew. Shanté's career began at the age of fourteen when she entered the influential world of record producer Marley Marl, radio DJ Mr. Magic, and Tyrone Williams, who were talking about how UTFO had canceled its appearance at a show that it was promoting. Shanté offered to record an answer to UTFO's recent hit "Roxanne, Roxanne," which was about a woman who rejects the members of the group. The men agreed and the result was "Roxanne's Revenge," a confrontational and profane song in which Shanté assumed the role of Roxanne, dissing UTFO over a Marley Marl-produced instrumental (The official UTFO response to its own song was “The Real Roxanne,” with artists Elease Jacks and later Adelaida Martinez assuming the role of Roxanne and eventually recording under the same stage name as the song title). Shanté's version and the Real Roxanne's version sparked the Roxanne Wars and made Shanté a hip-hop star in the process. The single would go on to

Rapper Roxanne Shante: 'Memba Her?

Rapper Roxanne Shante
'Memba Her?

In 1984, Lolita Shante Gooden became famous as Roxanne Shante after recording "Roxanne's Revenge" a response to UTFO's hit "Roxanne, Roxanne." Guess what she looks like now! READ MORE >

Roxanne, You Don't Have to Put on the Red Light

Roxanne, You Don't Have to Put on the Red Light

The 40-year-old resurfaced at some event in NYC on Tuesday, looking fresh.While it was reported that Roxanne received a Masters in Psychology from Cornell, the university claims they have no… READ MORE >

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