Roxanne Shanté Explains Why She Walked Away From Hip Hop
The Queens native also touches on how the song "Roxanne's Revenge" came to be.
New York, NY – the Juice Crew alum Roxanne Shanté was responsible for what was one of the first diss tracks on wax, "Roxanne's Revenge". Produced by Marley Marl, the song was released in 1984, when Shanté was just 14.
On Friday (March 23), the Queens of Hip Hop pioneer stopped by The Breakfast Club to discuss a number of topics, including the upcoming Netflix biopic, Roxanne Roxanne. During the interview, she revealed why her Hip Hop career was so short.
"One of the things about it was that it was not financially beneficial for me at that time and had a great responsibility," Shanté said. "Not only was he already a father, since I had my son, but I was responsible for my sister. So, being responsible for the members of my family, I needed things that were financially lucrative for me, and at that time was not. I was a battle rapper. I had no intention of making the records."
She continues, "it just so happens to Marley Marl, who went on to be one of the largest producers of Hip Hop, lived on the other side of the street to the right above the clothing on the mat, and I was going to wash the clothes and he was like, 'Listen, come and do a freestyle for me'. And that is how it happened. There was no demo. There was No looking around to the record companies. Everything, literally, came to me — in the same way in which the film premiered. It is only about things that happen in the universe."
Let's even out >> @imroxanneshante is here with @chantee__ (who plays her character in the film) #roxanneroxanne. They talk about how the film happened when @mimivaldes approached her to tell her story, the women are opposites, one against the other in the hip-hop and his own experience with multiple Roxannes, why she cut his rap short career and how Chante was ready to play in this movie
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