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The Real Roxanne talks life + music + career + health care with Bobby Simmons

July 24, 201835 min
The Real Roxanne (July 24, 1963) is an American female hip hop MC who recorded for Select Records. The Real Roxanne was born in Brooklyn, New York. In the 1980s she, Roxanne Shanté, and others were engaged in the Roxanne Wars, a series of answer records inspired by UTFO's hit song "Roxanne, Roxanne," being the officially sanctioned artist in response to all of the answer records. She scored her biggest hit in 1986 by teaming up with Howie Tee on the single "Bang Zoom (Let's Go-Go)," which reached #11 in the UK Singles Chart, her only UK Top 40 hit to date.

The role of The Real Roxanne was originally filled by a different female, Elease Jack, who recorded the first single The Real Roxanne under the character's name. Meanwhile, The Real Roxanne claims to have been introduced to UTFO in a fashion very similar to the Roxanne story. Already acquainted with Paul Anthony George, a member of Full Force, the group that produced UTFO.