By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen it. The most revered, the first female MC to ever do it, Hip Hop pioneer Roxanne Shanté coming out of Queens, NY has gotten her 2018 debut, back at the top like she never left.
The first Roxanne to stand up, the last Roxanne standing.
Roxanne Roxanne depicts the real life rise of a hip-hop legend as she hustled to provide for her family while defending herself from the dangers of the streets of the Queensbridge Projects of which she grew up in a 1980’s NYC, through her age-old skill of battle rapping.
Winning the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the film premiered on Friday, March 23, 2018 on Netflix with Shanté’s onscreen character played by acting newcomer Chanté Adams and also featured others like longtime great Nia Long, academy award winning actor Mahershala Ali & more who graced the screen for the stellar performance. Producers Forest Whitaker, Pharrell Williams, Mimi Valdes made sure to bring the necessary highlights to the big screen, showcasing a piece of Hip Hop history that should never be forgotten.
As the first lady of the infamous Juice Crew that included other Hip Hop legends: producer Marley Marl, radio DJ Mr. Magic, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Kool G Rap and more, Shanté paved the way for her brothers to come through and take the world by storm; further making Hip Hop, in fact, what it is today – the biggest thing to music everywhere.
The iconic Roxanne Shanté sat down with me weeks prior to her Netflix biopic debut to talk all about her ‘melanin magic‘ on a quick drive through Harlem. Touching on quite a few pieces of knowledge definitely necessary for the culture, Shanté kept it interesting when speaking of her style, colorism & self-love, the importance of higher education, not to mention, women in a male-dominating industry.
Catch all that and more in our sprinter series interview with Roxanne Shanté below, and if you haven’t seen Roxanne Roxanne yet, you absolutely need to go check that out too.
Keep up with all her movements from here on out.