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Witches' Brew: Brew News: Pimpin' The System

Monday, August 24, 2009

Brew News: Pimpin' The System

Roxanne Shante should teach classes about how to pimp the system to these one hit wonders on the radio right now.

25 years after busting onto the hip hop scene with "Roxanne's Revenge," the rapper now boasts the title "Dr." in front of her name. Despite being cheated out of royalties over the years, Roxanne managed to take advantage of an overlooked clause in her first record contract with Warner Music.

The company agreed to fund her education for life as part of that deal. Roxanne used that contract clause to earn a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell. The label had to pay the $217,000 bill for her education. Getting the label to pay, however, was no easy feat. She was able to attend college for free at first, until she threatened to go public with the story...then the label agreed to honor her contract.

Roxanne started a therapy practice in 2001 to help inner-city African Americans get mental health treatment.

This should serve as a reminder to everyone to always read the fine print!

All this good news makes me wanna spin a little ditty in her honor.

Go girl! Revenge is sweet.

Photo courtesy: Watts/News

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