Roxanne Shante Recalls the Time Her Baby’s Daddy Broke Her Ribs at 16

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Before there was MTV’s 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom, there was “Big Mama” rapper Roxanne Shanté to show younger generations what it was like to have a baby at a young age. The artist talked about her expereince being “a baby with a baby” on DJ Vlad’s Vlad TV.

After revealing that she was “already very maternal” from taking care of her siblings, she said that being in hip-hop made parenthood easier “because [she] didn’t have to worry about how he was gonna eat, how [she] was gonna support him, what [she] was gonna do.”

“It’s ironic that now they have shows like ‘Teen Mom,’ where they put it out there. Where when I did it, it was like ‘No.’ But unlike these teen moms, I showed a teen mom that took care of their child, worked everyday, tried to set the right example.”

roxanne shante ad copy photo Jemal Countess:Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Center

Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Center