Shanté, Roxanne [Gooden, Lolita Shanté ]
- Elizabeth Whittenburg Ozment
[Gooden, Lolita Shanté ]
(b Queens, NY, Nov 9, 1969). American rapper. Roxanne Shanté began her recording career as a young teenager with what became her most successful song, “Roxanne’s Revenge” (1984). A response to a previously released song about an arrogant woman, titled “Roxanne, Roxanne,” by the male trio UTFO, “Roxanne’s Revenge” inspired many other hip-hop artists to write “Roxanne” response songs. One of the earliest recorded female performers in the hip-hop genre, she was known to deliver her lyrics as aggressively and with language as rough as any male contemporary. Her voice, however, was almost child-like, high-pitched, and effervescent when compared to other early female rappers such as MC Lyte or Queen Latifah. She was known as an exceptional live freestyling MC, and her energetic performances, quick tongue, and clarity of diction were three characteristics contributing to her success. Although respected by her peers, Shanté only recorded two albums, ...