She lived with her mother and sisters in Various - Corndogs #1 (Lathe Cut), New York. She started rapping at the age of nine and changed her name from Lolita to Roxanne at fourteen.
Magicand record producer Marley Marl outside the Queensbridge housing Shanté* - Big Mama. The three of them were discussing U. Marley Marl produced the song "Roxanne's Revenge" using the original beats from an instrumental version of "Roxanne, Roxanne". The track became an instant hit and made Shante, only 14 years old at the time, one of the first female MCs to become very popular. Following this, the " Roxanne Wars " started, and Shante continued to rap and started touring.
By the age of 25, Shante was largely retired from the recording industry. She continued to make occasional guest appearances and live performances, as well as mentor young female hip-hop artists.
She did the latter by making a cameo appearance on VH1's hip hop reality show Ms. Rap Supreme and gave rap-battle strategies to the finalists of that show. She also took part in a series of Sprite commercials during the late s. She returned to performing, and inher song "Roxanne's Revenge" was ranked number 42 on VH1's Greatest Songs of Hip Hop;  she re-recorded the song the following year.
In an interview with EmEz Must Bee The Music (7 Edit) - Various - Move Your Body - The Final Dance Collection Vol. 2she stated that she had just been proposed to and that she had been married before. It was reported by Blender in  and more extensively in a New York Daily News account in that Shante earned a bachelor's degree from Marymount Manhattan College and a master's and Ph.
D in psychology from Cornell Universityand that a quirk in her recording contract obligated Warner Music to fund her college education. These were not new claims by Shante; she spoke on the subject at length on the Beef II documentary, which was released in Records from to Academic records indicate that she attended only three months at Shanté* - Big Mama Manhattan College.
Shante Shanté* - Big Mama earned any degree and she is unlicensed by New York State officials to practice psychology or similar disciplines. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Roxanne Shante. Guinness Shanté* - Big Mama. Westport, Conn. The New York Times. Retrieved 20 March Archived from the original on Retrieved Daily News.
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