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Roxanne Roxanne (2017)

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The movie tells the story of Roxanne Shanté (née Lolita Shanté Gooden), the girl rapper from the Queensbridge projects who in 1984, at the age of 14, recorded (in one tossed-off take) “Roxanne’s Revenge”, an answer record to U.T.F.O.’s “Roxanne, Roxanne” that quickly became an epochal underground single. The original U.T.F.O. track dissed a girl named Roxanne for being cold and hard to get. But Roxanne Shanté’s answer track wasn’t just defiant - it was epic. It was relentless.
With nothing but a drum track behind her, she went on and on and on, in the raggedly possessed voice of a feminist teenage street queen (Every time that he sees me, he says a rhyme, but, see, compared to me, it’s weak compared to mine), and within the hyper-masculine world of hip-hop, it was as if she was inventing a new way for a young woman to be.
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Michael Larnell
Drama, Music & Musicals, Special Interest

2017 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award Breakthrough Performance

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