Roxanne Shante Interview @ the A3C Hip Hop Festival
Interviewed by Van Stylez
Filmed by Adam “Ace” Spencer
ROXANNE SHANTE IS A HIP HOP PIONEER
SHE IS NOT A Psychologist
Before Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma, Lil Kim, Eve, Trina and Lauryn Hill, there was MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Salt N Pepper, among a few other female rappers. But the women who opened the door for all of them was Roxanne Shante. Under Marley Marl’s wings, she is considered by most, THE pioneer of female rappers.
“Very interesting interview with noted psychologist, Roxanne Shante. We get her opinions on cognitive theory vs. medication in the psychology field and we learn that she is the #3 keynote speaker in the United States right behind Al Gore. Wow. We also learn that oh, hey, this psychologist used to rock the mic!?!? WHAT?! And you’ll never guess where she got her first royalty check. It was a real pleasure to catch up with Roxanne and you’ll enjoy this interview. Juice Crew in the building!” UnderGoundHipHop.com Host Van Stylez
The words above are the words Van Stylez wrote as the video description when he first posted this video on undergroundhiphop.com back on May 28th, 2008. But none of us knew we were actually documenting Roxanne’s continuous lies.
~Now I will make it clear, this isn’t to bash or put her down. I was making a post on our interview with her and like always, seeking basic background information on her current projects.
To my surprise, I stumbled across an article that literally had our video interview in it, where they stated everything she had said about having her PhD was all a LIE. I continued doing more research and came across more and more information only allowing me to conclude that it was actually a lie.
Now I can’t say if everything is a lie but I can confirm that she did not go to Cornell, and that she is NOT a registered psychologist in the state of New York which is where she was living at the time. Now I will go on to say, regardless of her decision to make some of these lies, she has and will always be known as a 1980’s Hip Hop Pioneer. So despite the BS, lets remember the positive things she has done, and currently doing.
In a public statement Roxanna Shante wrote
I would like to thank my long time fans and supporters for your continued support. I am humbled and grateful to all of you for that.
Without going into all of the details as of right now, I would like to apologize that this story regarding my post recording career has caused such a ruckus. The entire story will be revealed at a later time.
Throughout my career and life, I have been faced with many challenges, both professionally and personally. Like all of you, I am human, and may have not made the correct decision all the time. And, like anyone else, I would like to think that my entire life or career is not judged by one error or mistake.
It is very easy to criticize someone and I have left myself open to criticism. That is fair.
There are plenty of people that will attest that I have done a lot for them. It seems though, that negativity gets more attention than positivity.
All I can say to that, is before you level any further criticism and cynicism, walk in my shoes. I am making this statement to apologize to the people that truly care about me for any angst that this situation has caused, and to thank them for their continued support. I am proud of what I have been able to do for so many others, and would like to let those persons know that I will continue to be there for them no matter what.
I am proud that during my twenty plus years as a pioneer in the Hip-Hop industry, to have opened doors for those who came after me, such as MC Lyte, Salt N Peppa, and Queen Latifah to name a few.
I will have no further statement in regards to this matter at this time.
Its interesting, I stumbled across all this news and gossip on how she wasn’t really a psychologist or student at Cornell… a lot of negativity and bashing her for lies. It got me thinking, why are we focusing on this so much? What about all the fake rappers and artist out there saying they do this and that. I think thats a bigger problem to be honest. I mean, yes its a problem when a pioneer is making these kind of lies that she made, but now that the truth is out there, lets keep it movin and see what she does from here.
Much respect to Roxanne Shante for what she has done in Hip Hop~