Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Real Roxanne

The Real Roxanne (born Adelaida Martinez on July 15, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) was a female hip-hop rapper/emcee from the '80s. During the '80s, she was a part of the Roxanne Wars (which were a series of answer records inspired by rap group UTFO's hit song, "Roxanne, Roxanne.")

Roxanne was writing poetry and started rapping when she was 17 years old. She was a part of a rap group that performed at local shows.
Originally, the role of the Real Roxanne was filled by a different female, Elease Jack, who recorded the first single "The Real Roxanne" with UTFO in 1984 under the character's name. The song managed to peak at #44 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

Adelaida claims that she was introduced to UTFO in a similar way to the Roxanne story. She was already acquainted with Full Force member, Paul Anthony George.

According to Adelaida in an interview with rapindustry.com in 2008:

"Ironic enough, I briefly met Doc Ice and Kangol (Kid) at the Albee Square Mall in Brooklyn, and, like Roxanne, I paid them no mind when they tried to get their rap on. All this was taking place while Paul Anthony and I were just becoming friends. Full Force was looking for someone to play the permanent role of Roxanne, even though they had already cut the track with someone they picked out of a club, whom, by the way, had absolutely no rap experience. They utilized her for an answer back to outbid Roxanne Shante's track. It seems that while they tried to create this character, they were having issues with this individual and her mother, so I was told, and that's when I was asked by Paul Anthony if I would audition for the guys, and I said sure, and I did. And, from there, I kept on walking in the shoes of THE REAL Roxanne."
In 1985, the Real Roxanne released the single "Romeo" with Hitman Howie Tee. The song peaked at #64 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1986, she released the single "Bang Zoom (Let's Go-Go)" with Hitman Howie Tee, which peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #11 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The b-side "Howie's Teed Off" also peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, but it only stayed on the chart for 12 weeks.

In 1988, the Real Roxanne released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #30 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, a rap version of Aretha Franklin's "Respect" peaked at #55 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #71 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single, "Roxanne's On a Roll" peaked at #80 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #80 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1992, the Real Roxanne released her last album to date, "Go Down (But Don't Bite It)" (under the name Roxanne) which failed to make the Billboard album charts.
The only single released was "Ya Brother Does/Mama Can I Get Some," but it didn't make the charts at all. After that, Roxanne stepped away from the music scene and seemingly faded into obscurity.

According to the 2008 interview with rapindustry.com, Roxanne had been working in the healthcare profession for 14 years as a Senior Patient Care Assistant and was working on getting her degree in nursing. She was still constructing her entertainment company and working on her publishing company.

To see a fan-made video for "Romeo" (Part One), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NyZV-nOU44


To see a fan-made video for "Romeo" (Part Two), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBFK8JBSzNk

To see a fan-made video for "Bang Zoom (Let's Go-Go)," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Howie's Teed Off," go to:

To see the music video for "Respect," go to:

To see the music video for "Roxanne's On a Roll," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsGuMthovns

To see the music video for "Ya Brother Does," go to:

4 comments:

Maxwell K said...

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bomitoni said...

Glad to see your pieces! I've finally gotten off my lazy ass and posted 3 new entries over at milk carton pop stars (on flop girl groups Def Dames, Three Shades Brown and Ricca)...

Kyleigh said...

Thanks 4 letting me know about your new entries, Bomitoni. They are really interesting. Keep up the good work.

Keeping checking back for more new entries coming soon.

Krystal (aka Pirouette) said...

I remember listening to "Romeo" as a kid.