Roxanne Shanté
Roxanne Shanté
Shanté in the 1980s

Birth name

Lolita Shanté Gooden


9 November 1969 (age 45)
Queens, New York, United States


Hip hop



Years active



Pop Art, Cold Chillin'/Reprise/Warner Bros., Livin' Large/Tommy Boy/Warner Bros.

Associated acts

Juice Crew, Steady B, UTFO

Lolita Shanté Gooden (born 9 November 1969), better known by her stage name Roxanne Shanté, is an American rapper. Born and raised in the Queensbridge Projects of Queens, New York, Shanté first gained attention through her membership of the Juice Crew and her participation in the Roxanne Wars. She released two studio albums: Bad Sister in 1989 and The Bitch Is Back in 1992.

By 1994, Shanté had largely retired from the music industry, but continues to make occasional guest appearances and live performances, as well as mentor young female hip hop artists. 


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