"Roxanne," Roxanne,"...those were the famous lyrics from rapper, "Roxanne Shante." The 1984 single sold 250,000 copies, just in New York City alone. Shante was an overnight success. She blazed a trail followed by Lil' Kim, Salt-N-Pepa and Queen Latifah - although Shante didn't share their success.
Well, like most artist back in those days, the producers, managers, and record companies were all about not properly paying their clients. After they used Shante, she was left, and unwed mother at 19, destined to remain in the projects.
The record company however forgot they put a clause in her contract to fund her education for life. Today Dr. Roxanne Shante, boasts a Ph.D. in Psychology- financed by a forgotten clause in her first record deal. I love it.