(AllHipHop Features) I am OTHER, Netflix, Roxanne Shante and Theory Communications recently partnered for a private screening of the Netflix original film, 'Roxanne Roxanne" at Atlanta's exclusive members-only venue, The Gathering Spot.
The Hip Hop community was definitely in attendance to celebrate Hip Hop legend Roxanne Shante's story, as guests in attendance included David Banner, Killer Mike, Big Gipp (Goodie Mob), Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia), Kool Moe Dee, K. Camp, and more.
Following the screening Chaka Zulu welcomed Roxanne Shante, 'Roxanne Roxanne' star Chanté Adams, Producer & Chief Creator Director for I am OTHER, MiMi Valdes, and Grammy Award-Winning producer, music executive, and Head of Music for I am OTHER ,Kawan “KP” Prather, to the stage for a conversation on Roxanne's personal and career journey, and her contributions to Hip Hop.
AllHipHop caught up with Roxanne Shante to discuss her biopic, a possible sequel to the film, and more!
AllHipHop: How does it feel to see your story come to the television screen?
Roxanne Shante: I mean it's amazing, and every time somebody says it I think I get like this overwhelming feeling like omg this is really happening; this is really true! So it feels great. I feel like it was definitely time for it.
AllHipHop: The biopic ended with viewers wanting more; can we expect a sequel?
Roxanne Shante: Um, well we have a few things on the table as far as how far the story is going to go as far as going into my life. So I'm kind of looking forward to the next....I don't want to give away secrets, but like the next addition to this. Oh yeah well you know the Roxanne Shante life is like 'Rocky'. We may have more than just two parts. Who knows.
AllHipHop: Do you feel like anything was omitted from the movie?
Roxanne Shante: I don't think anything was omitted from it. The way it was done is absolutely perfect because what it does is cover exactly the time frame it's supposed to cover in order to have the impact that it does. I think what it does is cover enough of womens' issues, family issues, moms' issues, daughters' issues. We didn't want to oversaturate it with that, and we wanted people to kind of be able to identify with the movie itself more so than the Hip Hop aspect of it. We wanted them to understand that rappers are people and that they live lives and there are other things that take place besides the time that you see them on stage.
AllHipHop: Who are your "Top 5" rappers dead or alive?
Roxanne Shante: I don't have a Top 5. The reason I don't have a Top 5 is because they rotate. If you were to ask me who were my immediate 5 then of course it would be Kane, Biz, Shan, Master Ace, and Kool G Rap, and why because they were my Juice Crew brothers. So they will always be my Top 5, and then you have my Biz Markie. It's hard for me to pick a Top 5 because I've been in Hip Hop for so long that everyone can be my top on any day for any reason. Like I could have a DMX day then he has to be in my Top 5, Nas has to be in my Top 5. Jay-Z has to be in my Top 5. Biggie...You know for some people Hip Hop is just a genre of music but for me it's my culture. So for me, I don't have a Top 5. That's like saying, pick your top favorite five women.
AllHipHop: Will you include the KRS-One beef in possible follow ups to the movie?
Roxanne Shante: Oh absolutely, I mean I could never tell my history without including that because that was part of my history. That was part of the thing that makes Roxanne Shante who she is today. That was one of the things that added to the battle love of it. So yeah, absolutely