The Story of Roxanne Shanté: Hip Hop’s First Female Icon

The milestone anniversary of one of the most influential and diverse music genres in history is here, as August 11th marked Hip Hop 50. In light of the anniversary, legends ranging back from the ’70s until now have been resurfacing to pay tribute, revisit the past, as well as stake their claim as hip hop luminaries. Today we lay out the history of a hip hop icon who helped shape the genre as one of the first ever female MC’s, the Queen of Queens: Roxanne Shanté.

Lolita Shante Gooden, better known to the world as Roxanne Shanté, was born and raised on the streets of New York City, just

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