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The Real Roxanne

  • The Real Roxanne [Select, 1988] A-
  • Go Down (But Don't Bite It) [Select, 1992] Choice Cuts

Consumer Guide Reviews:

The Real Roxanne [Select, 1988]
Roxanne Shanté's the real Roxanne. This one's the real Lisa Lisa--smart, fast-talking, Puerto Rican and proud, up on the get down. By working her fine brown frame off without ever taking chance one, she verifies rap's pop scope, from Hurby Luv Bug's cute stuff to Howie Tee's dense samples. Also scores two out of three half-sung slow ones, including a day-in-the-life-of-a-rapper-and-aren't-you-jealous? that can only be described as a modest boast. Would I like all this as much if a guy did it? Of course not. And of course, no guy has. A-

Go Down (But Don't Bite It) [Select, 1992]
"Ya Brother Does"; "Go Down (But Don't Bite It)" Choice Cuts