Another One! Netflix is Bringing the Real Life Story of "Roxanne Shante" to a Screen Near
If you grew up listening to the early days of Hip Hop then you definitely know who "Roxanne Shante" is! She made her debut in the early 80's as a phenomenal teen rapper who took the world by storm. Now, the story of her life is preparing to do the same.
Shantê’s career kicked off after meeting fellow rapper Tyrone Williams, D.J. Mr. Magic and record producer Marley Marl outside the Queensbridge housing project, the same complex that produced rap legends like Nas and Mobb Deep.
She gained commercial success after teaming up with Marl to produce a response track to U.T.F.O.’s popular song “Roxanne, Roxanne.” Her version, which legend has it was free-styled in Marl’s apartment in between laundry loads, was titled “Roxanne’s Revenge” and became an instant hit. Gooden was just 14 at the time.
In addition to cataloging her rise to hip-hop legend, Roxanne Roxanne explores Gooden’s difficult upbringing and her hustle to provide for her family while protecting herself against the dangers of the streets.
"Roxanne Roxanne" was first screened at the Sundance Film Festival last year. "Chanté Adams, who plays Shantê, won the festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance. Moonlight Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali and Nia Long also star in the biopic."
The Netflix premiere is set for March 23, 2018. I'm definitely here for this one!