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  • THE REAL ROXANNE SHANTE Posted on 22 March 2018

    “I started a career in hip hop that spanned over 35 years,” says rap legend Roxanne Shanté. “All because—clean underwear.” The Queensbridge native was just 14 years old when she recorded “Roxanne’s Revenge” for DJ Marley Marl on her way to the neighborhood laundromat. She finished her seven-minute freestyle just in time to get her laundry out of the dryer. The record would go on to become a massive hit, answering UTFO’s “Roxanne Roxanne” and setting off the legendary “Roxanne Wars"—even inspiring another artist to call herself "The Real Roxanne." But in this exclusive interview MASS APPEAL meets the real Roxanne Shanté, the woman whose extraordinary life and career inspired the film ‘Roxanne Roxanne’—produced by Pharrell Williams, Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, and Mimi Valdés—which premieres on Netflix March 23. “I want every little girl somewhere to look at my story and feel it’s her story," says Shanté, Check out the interview right now and get ready to experience ‘Roxanne Roxanne.’

    Bonus: "Roxanne Roxanne: The Roxanne Shante Mixtape" by DJ Psykhomantus

    I am a big fan of Roxanne Shante music so it brings me the pleasure to present this tribute mix. When I heard that their was going to be a biopic of Shante's life on Netflix the hairs on my back stood up (and I don't have hairs on my back), I grow up listening to her music, in fact she was the reason why I loved the Juice Crew and held on to my Electro's tapes by Street Sounds in the 80s. I can go on and on about Roxanne Shante, it's emotional. She's one of my favourite EmCee's (not female emcee, just emcee) in Hip Hop. - DJ Psykhomantus

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