Roxanne Shanté's groundbreaking 1984 single, "Roxanne's Revenge," which set off the legendary "Roxanne Wars" is now eligible for platinum certification in the U.S.
Shanté retweeted Music Data's announcement with the caption, "Thank you. 2022 has been the worst year for me and on its last day I get this. Thank You."
"Roxanne's Revenge" put Philadelphia-based independent R&B record label, Pop Art Records, on the map with Hip-Hop and served as the debut of the Queensbridge battle MC. The song, which was a response to UTFO's wildly popular and successful single, "Roxanne, Roxanne" is considered Hip-Hop's first diss record and led to dozens of response records.
The success of "Roxanne's Revenge" also led to a string of other hit singles by Roxanne Shanté including "Runaway," "Bite This," "Queen of Rox," "Def Fresh Crew" featuring Biz Markie, and "Payback." Juice Crew members Marley Marl and Craig G also recorded for Pop Art as a result of Shanté's success with the label.
Platinum denotes sales of at least 1 million units according to the Recording Industry Association of America. In 2017, Netflix released the Michael Larnell-directed Roxanne, Roxanne which was executive produced by Shanté along with Michael Y. Chow and Michael Shen. Roxanne, Roxanne chronicles Shanté's life and career and her rise from a battle rapper in the notorious Queensbridge housing projects to one of Hip-Hop's first solo female recorded MCs.