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Roxanne Shante

Roxanne Shanté (born Lolita Gooden) was walking outside a New York housing project called Queensbridge when she heard three men talking about how the trio U.T.F.O. had canceled their appearance at a show they were promoting. Gooden offered to make a rap record that would get back at U.T.F.O., who'd previously recorded "Roxanne, Roxanne," a song about a woman too stuck up to notice them. The three -- Tyrone Williams, disc jockey Mister Magic, and producer Marley Marl -- took her up on the idea, with Marl producing "Roxanne's Revenge." The song was confrontational, sneering, boastful, and even borderline obscene, and it spawned 102 additional answer records. Eventually U.T.F.O. threatened to sue Shanté for using their B-side as the musical foundation. She settled with them and recut the song with a different, though related, track. Shanté's fortunes were thin shortly after the heyday of "Roxanne, Roxanne," though she did share a number one R&B and a Top Ten pop hit with Rick James in 1986, "Loosey's Rap."

Shanté retired when she was 25 to focus her attention on obtaining a higher education. She went on to receive a Ph.D. in psychology, eventually running her own practice and building a family in New York. She stayed involved with the entertainment industry by being a mentor to young, female rappers and taking part in a series of Sprite commercials that highlighted freestyling hip-hop artists. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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OG OOO G
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She will always be hard core in my book! You go girl keep it going shanta. Love you.
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My Girl Here One Of My Favorite Favorite Old School Rapper She Is The Queen Of All Time Have A Lot Of Fun Memories When And Before She Came Out Go Roxanne Go Guurrll Lets Go Pandora
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Ph.D AND SHE IS INTELLIGENT! ! !
Flows and philosophies ! ! !
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appliancebiz
is due respect for ever shante is a rebel
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I loooove roxanne shante. She is my favorite hip hop female rapper of all time. Very talented. She use to talk sooo much junk to people that she was dissing. I also like sparky d, m.c. Lyte, the real roxxane, sweet-t, and queen latifah, and miss melody as single female rappers. I wish that I could bring those days back
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Classic Material!
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Very underrated MC. True old school. I miss those days.
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I grow up off the old rap best there ever been
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She was more than a one hit wonder
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one hit wonder legend
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Yo i love this song im jamming hard over here
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queenvixenra i n
LOVE this song
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one awesome young sister
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to sbj1104 the song is called runaway
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razhay
man, who woulda thunk'it. Roxanna Shante' got a PhD.
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yabba dabba dabba!yabba dabba dabba!yabba dabba dabba!yabba dabba dabba!yabba dabba dabba!yabba dabba dabba!
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Hi, I enjoyed this rap, as well as a lot of Roxanne Shante's other raps...it is called "Queen of Rox". Here is a link so you can hear it and see/hear some of her other raps such as Bite This and Roxanne Revenge. http://www.j a n g o . c o m / m u s i c / R o x a n n e + S h a n t e / _ v i d e o s ? l = 0
When you get on the link, just Scroll down and look for the photo of the album. Glad to help...Enjoy and have a great day. P.S. Applause to Dr. Shante who took her talent to benefit and invest in her higher education to become
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True to life authentic bangin' to the core hip hop. She never went pop.
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sbj1104
HELP!! does anyone know the TRUE NAME of the song that goes(let me tell you a story yes, how I got to be so fresh, it happened one day you know when I was sitting upstairs listening to the radio. They said well it's a contest, we'll give the most money to the girl whose the best so i said yo let me enter, cause I know I'm down and everybody knows it was all around town.
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SSC246
one of the great legends, and unfortunatel y severely underrated.
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mamahas4boys
She was ok but she was not better than salt and pepper
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I feel in love with Roxanne Shante as a teen. My brother would play her record so much I had it memorized. Not to mention we had the same name too!
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