Roxanne Shanté is an American hip hop vocalist, best known for her hit "Roxanne's Revenge". Her career began unusually, as she ran into three men talking about U.T.F.O., who had recently cancelled their performance at a show they were performing. Shante offered to record an answer to U.T.F.O.'s recent hit, "Roxanne, Roxanne", which was about a woman who would not notice them. The men agreed and the result was "Roxanne's Revenge", a confrontational and profane song that made her a star within the hip hop community. Her early tracks were all produced by Marley Marl, one of rap music's most influential producers.
Aside from "Roxanne's Revenge", her career has not been entirely successful. In 1986 (see 1986 in music), she and Rick James had a hit with "Loosey's Rap". She also took part in a series of sprite commercials in the late 1990s.
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