As a member the infamous Juice Crew, Roxanne Shanté rapped alongside Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Biz Markie, Marley Marl and Kool G Rap, among other pioneering MCs.
At 14 years old, the Queens native dropped “Roxanne’s Revenge” in response to U.T.F.O.’s “Roxanne Roxanne” and was catapulted into the spotlight, becoming one the first popular female rappers.
Now, Pharrell Williams and Forest Whitaker have teamed up with Netflix to produce a biopic about her life. Aptly titled Roxanne Roxanne, the film is expected to arrive March 23.
The film stars Detroit native Chanté Adams in the title roll, as well as Oscar-winning Hiero Imperium alum Mahershala Ali, Nia Long, Elvis Nolasco, Kevin Phillips and Shenell Edmonds.
Ahead its release, Netflix has shared an ficial trailer, which gives a brief glimpse into the rough upbringing Shanté experienced.
Several notable figures from the Hip Hop community are clearly anticipating the film. Pharrell, Chuck D, Run The Jewels’ El-P and fellow Juice Crew member Masta Ace were among the many who posted about the biopic on their Twitter accounts.
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