Ralph Rolle ‎– Roxanne's A Man (The Untold Story)

Streetwise ‎– SW - 2239
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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Produced for Rick & Rolle Productions.
Published by ADRA Music / K.E.D. Music / Mokojumbi Music (BMI).
(P) 1985 Streetwise Records

This is the 2nd issue which was released after an agreement with Select Records regarding writing and publishing credits. It is different from the 1st issue in that it has removed 'Final Chapter' from the title and it credits additional artists.

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February 25, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

One of the First records I ever bought as a kid. US import from Bluebird Records in Edgeware Road. Summer 1985 was all about the Marley Marl track to UTFO's Roxanne Roxanne, an imaginary girl at the time, but at least two Roxannes came out and replied. This spawned one of the most creative beefs in rap in which many replies and counter replies were made to each other. Exellent diss records without going too far.

Roxanne's a man came at the end of this series of 20 or so tunes generated. People were getting tired of it, and Ralf Rolle was on right the money, the track still makes me chuckle, it's a classic parody of the original rap stanzas and format, much like Prince Paul/Chris Rock/CB4 did later on in their tapes and soundtracks (all Chris Rock songs are produced by Prince Paul).

Still the Marley Marl track behind is banging. He utilises a different Break for each rapper emphasising their different styles, I still love to hear tunes that use different breaks in the same song today.

Excellent backing track, funny/clever rhymes, perfect combination for that hot summer of 1985. Stil a fave tune in my collection.