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Roxanne Shante Has A Son! Is She Married To Her Child's Baby Or Dating? Who's Her Husband?

Updated On 23 Jan, 2024 Published On 30 Sep, 2018
Roxanne Shante Has A Son! Is She Married To Her Child's Baby Or Dating? Who's Her Husband?

Age 48, famous American rapper and singer Roxanne Shante is not married but resides with James Cross; shares a son with her former husband; gave birth to her child at age 16; got her ribs broken by partner Cross; retired from her music career at 25; Roxanne's married life, husband, children, age, life rumors, dating life, retired, broken ribs;

With some distinctive raspy-squeaky voice, the famous American rapper and singer Roxanne Shante cut to the chase in the male-dominated world of the hip-hop industry during the 80s. Being the first female rapper to have a record of sparking the first ever hip-hop beef, the Roxanne Wars.

Facing a lot of troubles with her partner at an early age, Roxanne decided to step out of the whole relationship thing. But has she been seeing someone or secretly married? Who's her husband?

Check out the article below to learn about her love life!

Got Her Ribs Broken By Her Partner, Roxanne Shante Faced A Lot Of Troubles With Her Relationships

Roxanne Shante has faced a lot of trouble in her life but has come up quite well now! 

The 48-year-old former American rapper and singer has lived a pretty abusive life in her childhood. Shante does not seem to be romantically linked to anyone as of now but those of you who have watched her biopic, Roxanne Roxanne, could know that she was married at an early age and her partner was very abusive to her.

 Roxanne Shante

Roxanne with her partner on the red carpet.
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James Cross (portrayed by Mahershala Ali from Moonlight), who is known to be her husband of that time shares a son Kareem with Shante whom she was pregnant at 14 and gave birth at age 15. Not many details about their relationship are known to the public but being with Cross turned her life upside down. She has now overcome the situation and some sources even claim that they live together.

The Big Mama singer shares her abusive story in an interview. James' violent behavior towards Shante got her all stressed out about life just at her teenage which made her leave her son. She even moved out of the house when her son was 2.

Check out the clip of Roxanne Shante talking about her life as a young mother and raising her son!

Cross at the time demanded $10,000 in return for Shante's son to her which she paid him with the help of a lawyer. She even mentions in her interview that Cross was so abusive that he got her ribs broken at age 16. She said in the interview,

"I felt that the violence had escalated to such a point that I wasn't sure if I was going to be around so it was best that I left."

Shante had a pretty abusive time at an early age but she has overcome all of it and is even spotted with him at several places with her son. She is not married to him but still just for the sake of their son, the two confronted their problems.

At present, the female rapper is a married woman and reportedly, her husband is a retired boxer, Jabbar Ali. Besides her son Kareem, she also has three more kids, two sons Randy and Chris, and a daughter Tajze.

Together with her husband, Roxanne runs a nonprofit organization for troubled teenagers Mind Over Matter.

Decided To Quit Her Hip-Hop Career At Early Age, Roxanne Shante's Decision Towards Music Industry!

Shante has done various albums since a young age and desired to retire at an early age. 

The Go On Girl singer toured in the 80s releasing a string of singles like 'Go on Girl' in 1988 and 'Independent Woman' in 1992, calling out on other female rappers including MC Lyte, Monie Love, and Queen Latifah

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Roxanne quit her career at age 25
Source: TheCut

She said in an interview in 2016,

"I know I hurt a few feelings along the way, but for me, that was hip-hop. Hip-hop was about being the best. In order to show you were the best, you were supposed to take on all challengers. You were supposed to make sure that anyone who came at you, you were ready, whether male or female."

She decided to step out of the music industry after she released her last two albums named Bad Sister and The Bitch Is Back at age 25 and moved to Jersey to pursue a college education.

Roxanne Shante: Quick Facts

 Roxanne Shante

Source: TheCut
  • She was born on 9 November 1969.
  • Her birthplace is Queens, NY.
  • Her full name is Lolita Roxanne Shante Gooden.
  • Gained first attention as a rapper at age 14.
  • Stands at the height of 5 feet 5 inches.
  • Her birth sign is Scorpio.
  • Her net worth is estimated to be $500,000 according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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