Roxanne’s Revenge, Part Two (Ivy League Edition)

Roxanne’s Revenge, Part Two (Ivy League Edition)

Roxanne’s Revenge, Part Two (Ivy League Edition)

The XX Factor
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Aug. 24 2009 4:10 PM

Roxanne’s Revenge, Part Two (Ivy League Edition)

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In 1984, MC Roxanne Shanté-nee Lolita Gooden-recorded the brash "Roxanne’s Revenge," which launched the Roxanne battles and made the 14-year-old hip-hop’s first female celebrity. (Watch the video here : What’s amazing is how she’s simultaneously so cool and so awkward. And you must respect that sweater.)

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Shanté left the business at 19 after two more albums, "disillusioned by the sleazy music industry and swindled by her record company," according to a piece from yesterday’s New York Daily News . But then she remembered that her contract with Warner Music had a clause that promised the company would fund her education for life-and Shanté rode that clause all the way to a doctorate in psychology from Cornell.

Warner didn’t part with the money easily, though:

"They kept stumbling over their words, and they didn't have an exact reason why they were telling me no," Shante said.

She figured Warner considered the clause a throwaway, never believing a teen mom in public housing would attend college. The company declined to comment for this story.

Shanté now runs a therapy practice for urban African-Americans and funds college scholarships for female rappers.