Roxanne Shante Recalls the Time Her Baby's Daddy Broke Her Ribs at 16

Before there was MTV’s 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom, there was “Big Mama” rapper Roxanne Shant to show younger generations what it was like to have a baby at a young age. The artist talked about her expereince being “a baby with a baby” on DJ Vlad’s Vlad TV.

After revealing that she was “already very maternal” from taking care her siblings, she said that being in hip-hop made parenthood easier “because she] didn’t have to worry about how he was gonna eat, how she] was gonna support him, what she] was gonna do.”

“It’s ironic that now they have shows like ‘Teen Mom,’ where they put it out there. Where when I did it, it was like ‘No.’ But unlike these teen moms, I showed a teen mom that took care their child, worked everyday, tried to set the right example.”