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Lolita Shante Gooden, known professionally as Roxanne Shante, is an American rapper from Queens New York City. She began rapping at age nine, and changed her name from Lolita to Roxanne at fourteen. In 1984, Gooden met Tyrone Williams,  DJ Mr. Magic and Marly Marl outside the Queensbridge housing project. The three of them discussed rap group UTFO since they’d failed to show up at a concert. UTFO had released the single “Hanging Out”, which received little attention; however, the song’s B side, “Roxanne, Roxanne”, a song about a woman who rejected their advances,  became a hit. Gooden, who was a member of the Juice Crew,  was contracted to write a rebuttal to UTFO’s song, posing as Roxanne. Marly Marl produced “Roxanne’s Revenge” using the original beats from the instrumental version of “Roxanne, Roxanne.” The track became a hit, and made Gooden, only fourteen at the time, one of the first female MC’s to become popular. Shortly thereafter, the “Roxanne Wars” started, and Gooden continued rapping and began touring. In 1985, Gooden released  a record with Sparky  D, who had dissed her in the track “Sparky’s Turn, Roxanne You’re Through” for disrespecting UTFO and being too young to rap. By age 25, Gooden had retired from the music industry. She made occasional guest appearances and live performances, as well as mentoring young female hip hop artists. The biopic “Roxanne, Roxanne” was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. It was co-produced by Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams, and written and directed by Michael Lamell. She has released the albums “Bad Sister” (1989) and “The Bitch Is Back” (1992).

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