Friday, November 18, 2011


Roxanne Shante was only 14 years old when her ad lib free style was first put on wax. This young girl became one of the first HIPHOP underground superstars and could stand her ground in any battle. Here she battles rapper Busy Bee, the Chief Rocker during the NY 'New Music Seminar' in 1985.

In 1985 this audio track of relatively good quality was available on bootleg casette tapes even in the Netherlands. I got the tape in Holland via Aruban friends that got the music from the States. It was one of the recordings that inspired me to get into street corner rap battles at the tender age of 15. HIPHOP was alive and worldwide.


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