The Verzuz competition between Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One brought the contributions of hip-hop veteran, Roxanne Shante, to the fore. A male-dominated space, Shante remains one of the queens who ushered in an unstoppable court of fire-spitting lyricists.
Ark Republic sat down with iconic old school, b-girl, Roxanne Shante, in Chicago to talk about her experiences of being one of the first female emcees to experience a meteoric rise. She discussed growing up in Queensbridge housing facility and what it was like being a teenage mom and a full time artist. We wanted to hear from the freestyle champion about aspects of her life rarely covered since her resurgence in music history with the release of a film based on her life, Roxanne Roxanne.
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