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Roxanne Shanté (born Lolita Shanté Gooden; November 9, 1969) is an American Hip hoppioduneer. Born and raised in theQueensbridge Projects of Queens, New York City, Shanté first gained attention through the Roxanne Wars and her association with theJuice Crew.
Early life and Career
Shanté’s career began at the age of 14 when she entered the influential world of record producer Marley Marl, radio DJ Mr. Magic, and Tyrone Williams, who were talking about how UTFO had canceled its appearance at a show that it was promoting. Shanté offered to record an answer to UTFO’s recent hit “Roxanne, Roxanne,” which was about a woman who rejects the members of the group. The men agreed and the result was “Roxanne’s Revenge,” a confrontational and profane song in which Shanté assumed the role of Roxanne,dissing UTFO over a Marley Marl-produced instrumental (The official UTFO response to its own song was “The Real Roxanne,” with artists Elease Jacks and later Adelaida Martinez assuming the role of Roxanne and eventually recording under the same stage name as the song title).
Shanté’s version and the Real Roxanne’s version sparked the Roxanne Wars and made Shanté a hip-hop star in the process.
The single would go on to sell over 250,000 copies in the New York area alone. One of the founding members of theJuice Crew, most of her tracks would be produced by Marley Marl, with the exception of several songs on Shanté’s last album, 1992’s The Bitch Is Back.
As an MC, Shanté was renowned for an extraordinary ability tofreestyle (improvise) entire songs. “Roxanne’s Revenge” was an example, reportedly written as it was recorded—in one take. However, the original version of the song was rerecorded after UTFO sued over the usage of its original backing track; the new version featured slightly different music with less profanity.
People are most familiar with this version, which appears on the original 12-inch single released in 1984, with the original on the A-side. In 1997 she teamed up with Frankie Cutlass on his third single title “The Cypher Part 3” and some ofMarley Marl Juice Crew veterans. In 1988, Shanté and Rick Jameshad a hit with “Loosey’s Rap.”
By the age of 25, Shanté was largely retired from the recording industry. She continued to make occasional guest appearances and live performances, as well as mentor young female hip-hop artists. She did the latter by making a cameo appearance on VH1’s hip hop reality show Ms. Rap Supreme and gave rap-battle strategies to the finalists of that show.
She also took part in a series of Sprite commercials during the late 1990s. She returned to performing, and in 2008, her song “Roxanne’s Revenge” was ranked number 42 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs; she re-recorded the song the following year.
It was reported by Blender in 2008 and more extensively in a New York Daily News account in 2009, that Shanté earned her bachelor’s degree from Marymount Manhattan Collegeand her Master’s and Ph.D in psychology from Cornell University, and that a quirk in her recording contract obligatedWarner Music to fund her college education.
This was not a new claim by Shanté; she spoke of it in length on the Beef II documentary, which was released in 2004.
However, an investigation by lawyer and journalist Ben Sheffner for Slate magazine found no evidence of Shanté’s claims. She was never signed to a Warner Music label, but was under contract to the independent label Cold Chillin’ Records, which was in turn distributed by Reprise/Warner Bros. Records from 1987 to 1992.
Academic records indicate that she attended only three months at Marymount Manhattan College. Shanté never earned any degree and she is unlicensed by New York State officials to practice psychology or similar disciplines.
Shanté told Sheffner that she held a diploma and attended Cornell under a pseudonym because of problems with domestic violence, but she was unable to substantiate these claims.
The Daily News subsequently ran a five-paragraph correction stating Cornell “has now informed us that it has no record of Shanté ever attending the school,” that “Warner Music Group now claims it never had a contract with Shanté—only a distribution agreement with her label,” and that “after refusing to return numerous calls and e-mails during the preparation of this article, Marymount now states that Shanté attended the college for less than one semester.”
“Do I apologize? Yes, I do. But I am not asking for your forgiveness,” Shanté said. “I am sorry about a lot of things that I should’ve done differently. There were quite a few things that have been exposed with that article; the fact that I never received any royalties, the fact that I did go on to attend college (even if no Ph.D. was acquired), and the fact that at 14 years old and coming straight from the group home, I went on to create a career that even after 20 years of not making a hit record, was still pulling headlines. To be called Dr. Roxanne Shante was, and is, a privilege. But with that privilege comes pressure. I also had to live and talk like someone with a doctorate — not an easy task at all.
I had to make sure that people felt healed and inspired after speaking with me. So, yes, I apologize to all those who applied themselves and put in all the hard work that is required to acquire a Ph.D. I admire you all. But don’t discredit all the hard work and sacrifices so many others have also done to also reach their goals.”
The Roxanne Wars is a well-known series of hip hop rivalries during the mid-1980s, yielding perhaps the most answer records in history. It arose from a dispute over a failed appearance at a radio promotional show. There were two Roxannes in question, Roxanne Shanté and The Real Roxanne.
In 1984, the hip-hop trio U.T.F.O., produced by the R&B group Full Force, released a single titled “Hanging Out,” which did not do well. However, it was the single’s B side, “Roxanne, Roxanne”, a song about a woman who would not respond to their advances, that gained much attention and airplay.
Soon afterwards, 14-year-old Lolita Shanté Gooden was walking outside a New York City housing project called Queensbridge, when she heard Tyrone Williams, disc jockey Mr. Magic, and record producer Marley Marl talking about how U.T.F.O. had canceled their appearance at a show they were promoting.
Gooden offered to make a hip-hop record that would get back at U.T.F.O., with her taking on the monikerRoxanne Shanté, after her middle name. The three took her up on the idea, with Marley producing”Roxanne’s Revenge.” The single was released in late 1984, taking the original beats from an instrumental version of “Roxanne, Roxanne.” It was very confrontational and laced with profanities, but was an instant hit that sold over 250,000 copies in the New York area alone. Legal action followed, and it was re-released in early 1985 with new beats and the obscenities removed.
Following this, U.T.F.O. and Full Force decided to release their own answer record. While not directly aimed at Roxanne Shanté, this record featured Elease Jack, who took on the moniker of the Real Roxanne (and was soon replaced by Adelaida Martinez).
This also was a hit, but it may have also produced an undesired result: while there had been answer records before (such as the semi-disco song “Somebody Else’s Guy” and “Games People Play”/”Games Females Play”), they usually ended with the second recording. But in this saga, with a third record in airplay, a whole new trend began. The airwaves were so occupied with the three “Roxanne” records that other MCs decided to get into the act.
Over the next year, anywhere from 30 to over 100 answer records (according to different claims) were produced, portraying Roxanne’s family, or making various claims about her. The ones that were more well known were the following:
“Sparky’s Turn (Roxanne, You’re Through)” by Sparky D, a feisty female who criticizes Roxanne (Shanté, in particular) for being disrespectful toward UTFO, and for being too young, both for them to pursue, and to be an MC. Even though the record defended UTFO, they were reportedly not appreciative of this additional unauthorized response.
It was after this that the saga really took off.”Roxanne’s Doctor-The Real Man” by Dr. Freshh, who also insulted Roxanne for having no class.”Do the Roxanne” by Dr. Rocx & Co., which created a dance based on Roxanne. (Referred to Shanté’s “cracky wacky voice”, as Sparky D had described it in her record).
A rare instance of a record in the series not aimed at dissingsomeone.”The Parents of Roxanne” by Gigolo Tony & Lacey Lace, which answered both UTFO and Sparky D. It drew references from both “Roxanne’s Revenge” and “The Real Roxanne” as if both represented the true Roxanne.”I’m Lil Roxanne” by Tanganyika, was a record by the then young artist named Tanganyika stating that she was the younger version of the original Roxanne.”Yo, My Little Sister (Roxanne’s Brothers)” by Crush Groove (no relation to Krush Groove), which answered UTFO, Sparky D, and Dr. Freshh.”Rappin’ Roxy: Roxanne’s Sister”by D.W. and the Party Crew featuring Roxy, which reuses several lines from The Real Roxanne and attacks both UTFO and Sparky D.”Ice Roxanne” by Little Ice Another record answering Roxanne Shanté by a young female, who citing a line in “Roxanne’s Revenge” tells Roxanne to “make up her mind” if she wanted a man or not.”Roxanne’s a Man (The Untold Story—Final Chapter)” by Ralph Rolle, which claimed that Roxanne was actually a man who had been sodomized in prison, and then having “lost his manhood”, turned himself into a woman after his release; and insulted UTFO for not realizing this.”The Final Word – No More Roxanne (Please)” by The East Coast Crew, the final record that told the world to end it all.
East Coast Crew contained regulars from the 80’s TV show on the USA Network “Dance Party USA”.
In due time, the “Roxanne” trend had run its course, and a sort of moratorium was called on new Roxanne acts (some later records even called for this).
The response records finally died down; however, the battle continued amongst its core group of players:
UTFO added another response of their own; “Roxanne, Roxanne, Pt. 2: Calling Her a Crab”, also aimed loosely at Shanté, in which they took back all the compliments they had given to Roxanne in the first record, give out insults instead, and claimed to have never really liked her in the first place.
Roxanne Shanté issued her follow-up record “Queen of Rox”, which told the story of “how she got so fresh,” and faced “a little bit of hassle from UTFO about saying that I’m Roxanne,” and then takes a jab at the Real Roxanne (“Yeah, I seen that girl—she got a face like a man”).In “Bite This”, Shanté dissed other MCs, including “the Real Roxanne, Sparky D, and all the other Roxannes imitating me.”
Then, there was the one-on-one battle between Shanté and Sparky D: “Round 1 – Roxanne Shanté Vs. Sparky Dee.” The album cover had a picture of both women challenging each other wearing boxing gloves.
The biggest successor to the Roxanne war was The Bridge Wars, in which Roxanne Shanté, as a member of Marley Marl’s Juice Crew, was loosely involved. The Bridge Wars attacked the entire Queensbridge area.
The tables were then turned, because this time it was a hit record produced by Mr. Magic and Marley Marl that garnered a response (MC Shan’s”The Bridge”), sparking off a whole new battle saga.
It was in the midst of this battle, in the song “Go On, Girl”, that Roxanne Shanté dropped the name Roxanne, and was thereafter known only as Shanté. (The opening line says “it’s ’87, y’all, so no more Roxannes . . . “). Likewise, The Real Roxanne dropped “Real” from her name, and went by the name Roxanne, and was even addressed as such by Shanté in the track “Big Mama”, in a reference to their past battles. This lasted until her 1992 track, “Roxanne S*** Is Over”, where she relinquishes the name Roxanne for good, and dubs herself Jo-Anne With The Plan.
The album this was released on, Go Down But Don’t Bite It, however, was her final record. Shanté likewise retired from the business a few years afterward.
Other Response Records
Anthony – Roxanne Is A Man Blowfly – Blowfly meets Roxanne DJ Spin Kut – Roxanne Girls Mega Mix 2 —(Clips from the various records mixed together)Doctor JR Kool – Rap Your Own Roxanne —(Electronic instrumental dance record)DW & The Party Crew (feat. Roxy) – Roxy (Party Crew Records 1985)G-Mann – Roxanne (Is My Girl) Korner Boyz – The Saga Of Roxanne Maggotron – Planet Detroit vs. The Roxanne Plague —(Mostly an electronic dance track)Mix-Trix 4 – Roxanne Can You Feel It? —(A DJ mix record featuring the “Roxanne Roxanne” beat with many other raps from the time)Potato Chips – Roxanne’s Real Fat Ricardo & Chocolate Boogie – Do It Ricardo (Roxanne’s Man) Rocksann – She Died Starrlite – Watch Out Roxanne The Invasions – Roxanne’s Dis The Invasions – Roxanne’s Man The Overnite Bandits – Roxanne’s Baby Zelee featuring Osé – No More Roxanne (Roxanne No More)
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ACTIVE: 1991 TO PRESENT
Da Brat (born Shawntae Harris; April 14, 1974 in Joliet, Illinois) is an American Grammy-nominatedrapper and actress.
Her debut album, Funkdafied (1994), sold one million copies, making her the first female solo rap act to have a platinum-selling album, and the second overall female rap act (solo or group) after Salt N Pepa. Harris is the younger half-sister of actress LisaRaye McCoy.
Harris was born in Joliet, Illinois and raised on Chicago’s West Side. Her parents never married, and Harris was subsequently raised in two different households.
She lived part of the time with her mother and grandmother and attended a strict Pentecostal church four times a week, where she sang in the choir. She also lived with her father and his mother, where she had fewer restrictions.
Harris attended Kenwood Academy from 1990-1991, where she ran track and played basketball, and she graduated from Academy of Scholastic Achievement, a continuation charter school that caters to at-risk students, in 1993.
1992–1995: Early success
In 1992, Harris got a big break when she won the grand prize in a local rap contest sponsored by Yo! MTV Raps. For the prize, she got to meet Kris Kross, and they in turn introduced her to their producer,Jermaine Dupri, who signed her to his So So Def label. Dupri cultivated Da Brat’s image as a “female Snoop Doggy Dogg,” and she became one of the first female “reality-based” rappers.
Harris told the Atlanta Journal-Constitutionthat her stage name, “Da Brat,” was inspired because she is “a spoiled only child.”
Da Brat’s debut album Funkdafied was released in 1994 and entered the rap albums chart at Number #1. The album went platinum, which made her the first female solo rapper to sell one million units. The eponymous single reached #1 on the rap singles chart and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
She had a follow-up hit from the same album, “Give It 2 You,” which reached #26 on the Hot 100.
1996–1999: Collaborations and film projects
In 1996, Da Brat released her second full-length album, Anuthatantrum, which included the single “Ghetto Love” featuring T-Boz of TLC. During the rest of the ’90s, Da Brat came to be known more for her “featured” appearances on other rappers’ and R&B singers’ albums rather than for her own solo work.
Da Brat was also featured with Kris Kross on their track “Da Bomb” on the album Da Bomb (1993), as well as on their third album Young, Rich and Dangerous (1996).
She contributed a rhyme to the hip hop remix of Mariah Carey’s hit, “Always Be My Baby” (1996). She also made her feature film debut that year in Kazaam (1996) with Shaquille O’Neal.
During the summer of 1997, Da Brat appeared along with Dupri on a remix of Carey’s “Honey (So So Def mix)” (1997) and recorded the hit remix of “Ladies’ Night (Not Tonight)” (1997) with Lil’ Kim, Left-Eye of TLC, Angie Martinez, andMissy Elliott. Also in 1997, she was featured on “Sock It 2 Me,” a track on Missy Elliott’s debut album, Supa Dupa Fly.
In 1999, she appeared, alongside Krayzie Bone, on the remix to Mariah Carey’s cover of Brenda K. Starr’s “I Still Believe” (1988). She also appeared as a guest artist with Elliott on Carey’s remix of “Heartbreaker” (1999), and on the remix of Brandy’s “U Don’t Know Me (Like U Used To).”
That year, she was also featured on a remix of the Destiny’s Child single “Jumpin’, Jumpin'” (1999).
2000–2003: Return to solo work
In early 2000, Da Brat released her third full-length album Unrestricted, which produced the moderately successful singles ”
That’s What I’m Looking For” (U.S. #56) and “What Chu Like” (U.S. #26), featuring soul singer, Tyrese. The album was not well received compared to Brat’s earlier work.
However, the new album and new millennium did inspire an image makeover for Da Brat. Abandoning her “gangsta” persona, she decided to follow the trend inpopular music and attempted to add to her sex appeal.
In 2001, Brat continued her trend of being featured on other artist’s remixes, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart along with rapper Ludacris on the main remix of Mariah Carey’s “Loverboy” and being featured artist on Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” remix.
Da Brat also appeared as Louise in Carey’s 2001 movie Glitter. In 2003, Brat released her fourth album, titled Limelite, Luv & Niteclubz, and appeared on the 4th season of VH1’s The Surreal Life.
2005–present: Current activities
In 2005, she made a comeback of sorts when she was featured on the remix to the song “I Think They Like Me,” by Dem Franchize Boyz, which also featured Bow Wow andJermaine Dupri. The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2006, she was an onstage guest on Mariah Carey’s The Adventures of Mimi Tour in Atlanta, New York City, Long Island, Washington DC,Chicago, and Los Angeles performing her rap verses on the “Heartbreaker” and “Honey” remixes.
She was also featured on Kelly Rowland’s “Gotsta Go,” a bonus track from her 2007 album Ms. Kelly and is also featured on a bonus track from Carey’s E=MC²on a track entitled “4real4real.”
She also co-wrote a song with Mariah Carey called “O.O.C.” which appears on E=MC² and contributes backing vocals on the track.
In 2007, she participated in the fifth season of the VH1 reality seriesCelebrity Fit Club. In 2011, she did a remix with Kelly Rowland called “Motivation” featuring Lil Wayne. Following her release from prison, she launched a web series about life after the experience titled “Brat Chronicles:
In Transition” on YouTube. She released her new single “Is It Chu?” on iTunes and other digital services on July 2, 2013.
-Legal troubles, prison sentence, and controversies
In 2001, Harris pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless conduct after she had beaten a woman with a gun during a dispute over VIP seating in an Atlanta nightclub in 2000. The victim in that incident received six stitches for a head wound. Harris ended up serving a year’s probation, performed 80 hours of community service, and paid a $1,000 fine.
On October 31, 2007, Harris was involved in the altercation that ended in assault at a Halloween party at Studio 72 nightclub in Atlanta. Harris initially argued with a hostess, and when the hostess walked away to talk to her manager, Harris attacked her from behind, striking her in the face with a rum bottle.
Harris entered a guilty plea to aggravated assault charges. She was sentenced to three years in prison, seven years of probation, and 200 hours of community service.
In May 2010, she was temporarily released from prison as part of a work-release program, after serving 21 months.
On February 28, 2011, Jermaine Dupri announced that Da Brat was officially released from prison, completing her sentence.
Her civil trial stemming from the 2007 altercation commenced on February 24, 2014. On February 28, 2014, a civil trial jury awarded ex-NFL cheerleader Shayla Stevens $6.4 million to cover her injuries and past/future loss of earnings.
On October 4, 2012, Nicki Minaj attacked Da Brat via her Twitter account after false reports of Brat defending Mariah Carey and threatening to beat Minaj with a bottle were released.
Minaj denounced Brat as a “sir” and tweeted: “The struggle for u to even AFFORD that bottle is why the barbz r now cackling DOWNNNt.”
Da Brat responded to Minaj by tweeting: “Nicki nor Mariah has ever disrespected me so I would not disrespect either of them.”
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ACTIVE: 1996 TO PRESENT
Jean Grae (born Tsidi Ibrahim, November 26, 1976), formerly known as What? What?, is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City.
She rose to prominence in the underground hip hop scene in New York City and has since built an international fanbase.
Jean Grae was born Tsidi Ibrahim, in Cape Town, South Africa, on November 26, 1976. The daughter of South African jazz musicians Sathima Bea Benjamin and Abdullah Ibrahim, she was raised in New York City, where her parents relocated after her birth.
She studied Vocal Performance at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, before majoring in Music Business at New York University. She dropped out after three weeks of class.
1996–98: Career beginnings
In 1995, she was discovered by George Rithm Martinez, when he recruited her for a five-song demo under the name of his group, Ground Zero.
Their demo was critically acclaimed and earned the duo Unsigned Hype honors in theThe Source Magazine in March 1996.
She later joined a hip hop group called Natural Resource, along with fellow rapper Ocean and disc jockey James “AGGIE” Barrett.
In 1996, they released a pair of 12-inch singles called “Negro League Baseball” b/w “Bum Deal” b/w “They Lied”, and “Bum Deal (remix)” b/w “They Lied (remix)” b/w “I Love This World”, on their own label, Makin’ Records.
She also appeared on singles by fellow Makin’ Records artists Pumpkinhead and Bad Seed, as well as on the O.B.S. (Original Blunted Soldiers) double12-inch single alongside crew members Pumpkinhead, Bad Seed and Meat-pie, and produced much of the material released on the label under the pseudonym Run Run Shaw.
During this period she established strong ties with the Brooklyn Academy crew, with which she would appear throughout her career.
1998–2004: Solo career
Natural Resource dissolved in 1998, after which Ibrahim changed her stage name from What? What? to Jean Grae, a reference to the X-Men character Jean Grey.
Under her new moniker, she released her first LP—Attack of the Attacking Things—in 2002, and followed it in 2004 with This Week.
Throughout her career she has also recorded tracks with numerous major hip-hop artists, Atmosphere, The Roots, Talib Kweli, The Herbaliser,Da Beatminerz, Phonte, Mr. Len,Masta Ace, Vordul Mega, C-Rayz Walz, Mos Def, Styles P, Pharoahe Monch and Immortal Technique among them.
Grae has recorded an unreleased album with celebrated North Carolina producer 9th Wonder, of Little Brother fame, entitled Jeanius.
This unfinished record was leaked on the internet, and subsequently work was stopped on this album.
However, at the release party for 9th Wonder’s Dream Merchant Volume 2 album she stated that Jeanius was still going to be released.
This album was eventually released first through Zune Live Marketplace two weeks before its disc release on July 8, 2008.
Her rapping on the album was described by Robert Christgau as “remarkable for its rapidity, clarity and idiomatic cadence. The writing has a good-humored polysyllabic literacy.”
Elsewhere, it’s been reported that her proposed fourth album, provisionally titled Phoenix has gone into production.
It has been reported by several camp insiders that 9th Wonder will handle the lion’s share of the production duties with unknown UK producer Passion hifi, English producer DJ Sonic Bass and NY resident Clinikal providing a beat each.
2005–2008: Blacksmith Music
Previously signed to Babygrande Records, she signed a deal in 2005 with Talib Kweli’s Blacksmith Records.
On April 28, 2008, Grae posted a blog entry on her MySpace page saying goodbye to her fans.
She later cited disenchantment with the music industry and desire to start a family as the reasons behind the “retirement” and said that she was working on new material and still wanted to continue in music: “You know what? I need that Grammy. I think I might be able to stop after that.”
In July 2008, Talib Kweli posted a blog entry explaining Grae’s album, mentioning that she was not retiring. The blog ends encouraging fans to purchase the album, referring to Grae as “one of the last true MCs left.” Grae returned to doing live performances later that year.
On September 18, 2008, Jean Grae posted a Craigslist ad offering her creative services for $800/16 bars.
On her MySpace blog, she stated, “I don’t wanna complain anymore, I just wanna change some things about the way artists are treated and the way you guys are allowed to be involved, since it IS the digital age.”
Since that time, all of her music has been self-released through her website and Bandcamp.
On June 23, 2011, after a three-year break, Grae released a free mixtape entitled Cookies or Comas, which features guest appearances from Styles P, Talib Kweli and Pharoahe Monch; it also includes the highly praised tracks “Assassins” from Monch’s W.A.R. album and “Uh Oh” From Talib Kweli’s Gutter Rainbows.
This was followed on January 2, 2013, by the 10-track Dust Ruffle, featuring unreleased songs from between 2004 and 2010. Of the album she says: “It’s such an interesting retrospective project because I get to actually hear myself evolve from 2004-2010.
Snapshots of life.” Between October and November 2013 she released a series of EPs entitled Gotham Down Cycle 1: Love in Infinity (Lo-Fi), Gotham Down Cycle II: Leviathan, Gotham Down Cycle 3: The Artemis Epoch.
In December 2013 she combined the releases into one, entitled Gotham Down Deluxe.
In an interview on Judge John Hodgman late in 2012 she foreshadowed that her next full-length album would be called Cake or Death.
More recently Grae has branched out from music, releasing the audiobook The State of Eh, in January 2014; Writing, directing and starring in the online sitcom Life with Jeanie
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ACTIVE: 2011 TO PRESENT
Raeen Roes Wilson (born July 10, 1991), better known by their stage name Angel Haze, is an American rapper and singer signed to Universal Republic and island Records.
“They” were born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the Greater Apostolic Faith.
In 2012, Roes released their EP Reservation for free online, they later signed a record deal with Universal Republic Records later moving to Republic Records. On December 31, 2013, Roes released their debut album Dirty Gold which featured the singles “Echelon (It’s My Way)” and “Battle Cry”.
Raeen Roes Wilson was born on July 10, 1991, in Detroit, Michigan, to a military family.
” They” are of mixed African and Native American ancestry, and are a self-taught speaker of Tsalagi, the language spoken by Cherokee Tribes.
Roes was raised in the Greater Apostolic Faith, which they have often called “a cult.”
In an interview with The Guardian, they recalled: “we all lived in the same community, within 10 minutes of each other. You weren’t allowed to talk to anyone outside of that, you weren’t allowed to wear jewelry, listen to music, to eat certain things, to date people…you weren’t allowed to do pretty much anything.”
However, after a pastor threatened “their” mother, “their” family left the church and moved to Brooklyn, New York when “they ” were 16 years old. “They” soon began delving into the world of secular music.
Around the age of seven, “they” were raped multiple times by two family friends.
As a child, “they” never told anyone about the abuse, fearing retribution and worrying that they would be called a liar.
However, “they” defiantly recount the episode in “Cleaning Out My Closet”, a song from their 2012 mixtape Classick which borrows the beat from Eminem’s song of the same name.
Earbuddy’s John Downey wrote: “Haze’s take on Slim Shady’s classic tune might be the superior product.”
Raeen Roes is pansexual and describes “themself” as having an androgynous style.
In an interview with The Guardian, Roes stated that, “Love is boundary-less. If you can make me feel, if you can make me laugh – and that’s hard – then I can be with you. I don’t care if you have a vagina or if you’re a hermaphrodite or whatever.”
In 2014, Roes confirmed that “they “were dating American model Ireland Baldwin.
In February, 2015 “they” confirmed on their Twitter that “they” prefer “they/them” pronouns and that they are agender.
Raeen lived in Springfield, Virginia.
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