There are female MCs, and then thereâ€™s Roxanne Shante. The original bad girl blindsided Hip-Hop fans in 1984 with the Marley Marl produced â€œRoxanneâ€™s Revenge,â€ her clever lifting of UTFOâ€™s â€œRoxanne, Roxanne.â€ At 14, she was already a superstar and began battling (many times unprovoked) everyone from Kurtis Blow to MC Lyte. At 21 she abruptly retired, obtaining a PhD in Psychology from Cornell University and opening Hip Hop Ices, an ice cream parlor in Queens. Since then she hasnâ€™t looked back.
Now 16 years removed from her final album and a Juice Crew reunion at last weekâ€™s A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta, Dr. Roxanne Shante shows life can be great after Hip-Hop stardom.