Roxanne Shante Biopic to Premiere at 2017 Sundance Film Festival
A film about the life and music of 1980's rapper Roxanne Shanté will make its premiere at the 2017 Sundance Music Festival in January.
The hip-hop biopic, titled Roxanne, Roxanne, will chronicle the rise of the rap upstart who garnered widespread attention with her response song to UTFO’s classic hit “Roxanne Roxanne” with the Marley Marl-produced “Roxanne’s Revenge.” The song would later spark the “Roxanne Wars,” most notably “The Real Roxanne,” produced by Full Force.
Shanté was also the only female member of the legendary Juice Crew and was part of the infamous "Bridge Wars" against the South Bronx's Boogie Down Productions. On "Have a Nice Day," she dissed KRS-One with this infamous line, “Now KRS-ONE, you should go on vacation / With that name sounding like a wack radio station."
Shanté would release two albums on Cold Chillin Records before leaving the rap game to pursue her college education. The 47-year-old rap veteran is currently a motivational speaker and regularly performs on old-school rap revue shows.
The Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams-produced Roxanne, Roxanne biopic synopsis reads:
The most feared battle emcee in early-’80s NYC was a fierce teenager from the Queensbridge projects with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At age 14, hustling the streets to provide for her family, Roxanne Shanté was well on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend.” The cast includes Chanté Adams; Mahershala Ali; Nia Long; Elvis Nolasco; Kevin Phillips; and Shenell Edmonds.
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