“I hear you out here Chante, what time does this key lock my door? You want to be out there playing with all them hoes then you keep your as* out there and stop knocking on my door!” In the early 1980s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenage girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At the age of 14, Lolita “Roxanne Shante” Gooden was well on her way to becoming a Hip-Hop legend as she hustled to provide for her family while defending herself from the dangers of the streets.
“Do you know how old she is? She’s 16.” “You don’t want your daughter to be happy, you want here to be miserable just like you?” “You a nasty…” In ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ life’s a battle. Roxanne Shanté rose to prominence as a teenager partly due to the 1980’s “Roxanne Wars” rivalry between the Juice Crew member and The Real Roxanne.
“Let’s do this.” The Netflix original film from the producers of “Fruitvale Station” and “Dope”, written and directed by Michael Larnell biopic portrays the story of Queensbridge representative and Hip Hop legend Lolita “Roxanne Shanté” Gooden. Shantè would only release two albums in 1989 and 1992 and pretty much left the music industry by the time she was 25 years old. She would go on to mentor up and coming women rappers and appear on VH1’s reality competition show Ms. Rap Supreme.
“Listen I know the streets are cold but you must find a way to rise above it.” Starring Chanté Adams, Mahershala Ali, Nia Long, Elvis Nolasco, Kevin Phillips, and Shenell Edmond, with Pharrell Williams, Forest Whitaker, and Ralph McDaniels credited as producers for ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ the biopic was selected for 2017 Sundance Film Festival Competition. The film will stream on Netflix March 23, 2018.
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