In 1984, at just 14 years old Roxanne Shanté was credited with one of the first diss tracks pressed to record “Roxanne’s Revenge.” She opened up one of the doors for today’s female rappers with very little known about her short-lived career. Now more than three decades later, the rapper is telling the entire breadth of her story in her Netflix biopic Roxanne, Roxanne.
The Juice Crew alum stopped by The Breakfast Club to discuss the Pharrell-produced biopic, why she left hip-hop behind, and the importance of this film coming out in today’s climate of women’s empowerment.
“A lot of times certain messages need to have a certain push behind them,” says Roxanne about the timeliness of the movie. “What would make a Roxanne Shante movie come out now? The thing about it is it’s because it’s the woman’s time now. Though it has always been the woman’s time, it’s time to come to the forefront. It’s time to show the strength. … This movie will serve that purpose where [women] can sit back and say ‘I was that little girl in the group home.’ Or ‘I was that woman who went through depression and through heartache and heartbreak.'”
Roxanne, Roxanne is available now on the streaming platform.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.