Foxy Brown
Foxy Brown
Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, better known by her stage name Foxy Brown, is an American rapper known for her solo work as well as numerous collaborations with other artists and her brief stint as part of hip hop music group The Firm. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, her father Keith Stahler abandoned the family at a young age to pursue his career at ERAC records. Her albums include Ill Na Na in 1996, followed by Chyna Doll in 1999, and Broken Silence in 2001.
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In Defense of <i>Being Mary Jane</i> and Flawed Fictional Black Women
Huffington Post - about 3 years
When I first heard BET had a new show about a 30-something professional black woman struggling to keep her personal life intact, I'll admit I was underwhelmed. Another emotionally suppressed black woman barely staying afloat as she juggles work, family, friends and love. Yay. But after watching the two-hour movie special and Tuesday's premiere episode of Being Mary Jane, I, like many of you, am hooked. The racy BET drama, made for us and by us, tells the story of Mary Jane Paul, a successful, single news anchor with a sick shoe game and a penchant for no-good men. Oh, and she has a lot of sex. While the majority of the country, #BlackTwitter in particular, gave the show two thumbs up, not everyone is loving MJ. In what's become standard protocol with hyped black primetime shows (the handful that exist), the show's come under scrutiny for what some critics are calling an inadequate depiction of powerful black women. In a recent Black Enterprise article, writer Janell Hazlewood argue ...
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1970s Hair Icons That Will Make You Nostalgic
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Beyond the bell-bottoms and platform shoes in films and books, the 1970s was truly a transformative decade. Subcultures that spawned a generation of hipsters, rockers and radicals brought forth an eclectic mix of styles that we believe are best told through hair. From Farrah Fawcett's feathered cut to Debbie Harry's bleach-blonde bob to Pam Grier's Afro, these '70s hairdos echo the attitudes fueled by outspoken youth. To truly understand this great shift in society and politics, we've compiled a list of 16 hair icons whose strands tell a beautiful story. Farrah Fawcett The late "Charlie Angels" actress' flipped hairstyle remains one of the most sought-after looks, but somehow, many seem to fall flat of capturing Fawcett's big, bouncy mane. Pam Grier Grier's badass Afro commanded just as much attention and respect as the strong characters she played in blaxploitation films like "Foxy Brown" and "Coffy." Debbie Harry What impressionable young girl didn't reach for that bot ...
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Watch 'RapFix Live' With Big Sean, Foxy Brown, Joey BadA$$, Uncle Murda
MTV News - over 3 years
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sunday August 25, but Wednesday's episode of #RapFixLive will kick off MTV's VMA All Access Experience at 4p.m. with Big Sean, Joey BadA$$, Uncle Murda and a performance from Foxy Brown. Catch Big Sean, Joey BadA$$, Uncle Murda and Foxy Brown on "RapFix Live" Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET on MTV Jams and RapFix.MTV.com. Join the conversation using the hashtag #RapFixLive and send your questions for the MCs to @MTVRapFix!
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Peter 'Souleo' Wright: Homophobia in Hip-Hop
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When I was growing up, rap's raw sound drew me in, but its repugnant attitudes toward women and the LGBT community left me feeling torn. I love hop-hop but dislike what it has sometimes stood for. Famous rappers and their fans have called me ugly names with no fear of reprisal, and some of my favorite emcees have dropped lyrics that are downright hostile toward who I am: an openly gay, "Generation Y," African-American male. Still, I've never lost faith in hip-hop's power to inspire and uplift. As an activist curator I'm often drawn to the more conscious aspects of hip-hop culture as source material. "Motown to Def Jam," which ended its month-long run in Harlem last week, is my most recent exhibition linking the art world to the world of music. It pays visual homage to the humanist output from four legendary record labels, including Def Jam, an easy target for homophobic assumptions. Over the past three decades, hip-hop has become an important element in every American' ...
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PHOTOS: See Solange's 2013 Met Gala Gown
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Solange Knowles summed up her Met Gala look in one short tweet: Afro-Punk #Metball #Kenzo — solange knowles (@solangeknowles) May 6, 2013 The singer/DJ/model stepped out Monday night in blue-and-black printed Kenzo design and a full-blown afro for the punk themed party that was co-hosted by her big sister, Beyonce. While she looked more like a modern day Foxy Brown, the 26-year-old star definitely picked up on punk's rebellious spirit in the half-gown-half-mini-dress creation. We're fans of the look--are you? Check out Solange's "Afro-Punk" Met Gala ensemble below. ng&gt;All the looks from the Met Gala 2013 red carpet:
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Salvatore Strazzullo, Night-Life Lawyer
NYTimes - over 4 years
Sal Strazzullo, who worked in nightclubs for years while he studied law, has a reputation for taking care of celebrities like the rapper Foxy Brown.
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Nicki Minaj Brings Along Lil Wayne, Drake, Foxy Brown For NYC Show
MTV News - over 4 years
If you ever doubted it, now you know that Nicki Minaj is good on her word. That controversial canceled Summer Jam performance wasn't a bleep on her radar last night when she brought her family out to party with her in New York. The Young Money rapper took the stage at Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday night (August 13) for a set that ran well over 2 hours, and just when it seemed like she might be rocking solo, she brought out a few guests, beginning with Foxy Brown, then adding her Young Money family Drake and Lil Wayne. Minaj hit the stage at 9:30 p.m. for the Pepsi-sponsored show (part of the brand's "Live for Now" campaign), which was live-streamed online and broadcast on the big screen in Times Square. Sporting a long blond wig and a skintight pink, blue and black-and-white striped leotard, she kicked things off with tracks like "Roman's Revenge" and "Did It on 'Em," flanked by her backup dancers in their colorful garb. The LED screens behind her reflected neon colors as she cont ...
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Lil Wayne Speaks On Pulling Nicki Minaj From Hot 97 Summer Jam
MTV News - over 4 years
'No person that works with me will be disrespected in my presence as long as I'm on this planet,' Weezy tells MTV News of his decision. By Rob Markman, with reporting by FLX &lt;P&gt;All Weezy wants is a little respect. After &lt;a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/minaj__nicki/artist.jhtml"&gt;Nicki Minaj&lt;/a&gt; was insulted by a Hot 97 radio DJ, &lt;a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/lil_wayne/artist.jhtml"&gt;Lil Wayne&lt;/a&gt; made an executive decision and pulled his Young Money queen from the station's &lt;a href="/news/articles/1686461/hot-97-lil-wayne-nicki-minaj-summer-jam.jhtml"&gt;Summer Jam concert&lt;/a&gt;. When MTV News caught up with Tunechi to talk about the incident for the first time, he didn't throw stones or hurl insults at the New York City station, but simply stressed the importance of a certain seven-letter word.&lt;/P&gt;&lt ...
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Does Nicki Minaj's 'Starships' Make Her Any Less Hip-Hop?
MTV News - over 4 years
In the wake of Minaj's feud with Hot 97, MTV News examines what real hip-hop is and who gets to decide. By Rob Markman &lt;P&gt;A funny thing happened on the way to Summer Jam. All hip-hop hell broke loose after an off-the-cuff comment by a radio DJ led rap's reigning queen to pull out of the year's biggest rap concert. &lt;a href="/news/articles/1686561/nicki-minaj-summer-jam-hot-97.jhtml"&gt;Nicki Minaj versus Hot 97&lt;/a&gt; has no doubt become the biggest rap gossip of the week, but once the drama subsides, an eternal discussion will still linger: What is real hip-hop? And who gets to decide?&lt;/P&gt;&lt;P&gt;In one corner there's rap purist and Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg, who trashed Nicki's RedOne-produced crossover machine &lt;a href="/news/articles/1683990/nicki-minaj-starships-video.jhtml"&gt;"Starships"&lt;/a&gt; in front of concertgoer ...
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Lil Kim Blasts Nicki Minaj And Foxy Brown After Summer Jam Fiasco
MTV News - over 4 years
By Sowmya Krishnamurthy Following Nicki's on-air argument with Hot 97 personality Funkmaster Flex last night, Kim tweeted, "Smfh so disappointed in Flex this is Nonsense !!! On my way to my show ...Over this ! Nebraska !!! See u in a few !" which many saw as support of Nicki's side of the debate, but it seems unlikely considering earlier events. A couple days earlier when Nicki was hanging out with Foxy Brown, Kim had this to say: "Hot damn ho here we go again. Monkey see monkey do. I heard the haters are joining forces against the Queen. LMAO !!!! Have a great show!!! Break a leg!!!! Hahahaha!!!! My love for the female hip hop movement has always been genuine. All the females I’ve been bringing out recently I have love for. If u see anybody else doing it … Its not genuine …Know it’s only to copy and compete with me …….. For those of u who have been brainwashed by the fraud …Let’s open our eyes now people …the clone is not bringing ladies out for the luv. It’s strictly because I’m ...
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Lauryn Hill Supports Nicki Minaj's Summer Jam Cancellation
MTV News - over 4 years
'We have to find a better way to commercially exploit music, while giving artists their proper respect,' Hill says in a written statement. By Rob Markman &lt;P&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/minaj__nicki/artist.jhtml"&gt;Nicki Minaj&lt;/a&gt; had grand plans for Hot 97's Summer Jam on Sunday night, but there's some discrepancy about who was supposed to appear during her headlining set. &lt;a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/hill_lauryn/artist.jhtml"&gt;Lauryn Hill&lt;/a&gt;, who surprised fans when she came out during Nas' performance, wants to set the record straight.&lt;/P&gt;&lt;P&gt;"No disrespect to Nicki, but I need to clear up an inaccuracy. I was not scheduled to be a special guest on her set at Summer Jam, I was invited by Nas to perform with him," Hill said in a &lt;a href="http://twitter.com/MsLaurynHill/status/209703177354883073" ...
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Black Book Covers Brianna Perry And Her Rise To The Top
24 Hip Hop - almost 5 years
It’s midnight and by any definition of the word we are deep in one of Miami’s hoods. Ain’t nothing glitzy about it. The sirens of police cars going by are frequent, and the fellows leaning over metal fences are sipping on something wrapped up in paper brown bags. Even the local dogs sniffing around seem to be hustling for anything that resembles a meal. But just around the corner on a lot heavily lit by industrial lighting, a collection of the finest automobiles are forming a semi-circle around a group of dancers, popping their hips with impressive force. They are all young and cute, dressed in sexified version of athletic wear, looking like hot cheerleaders ready to play ball. Out of this group of ladies emerges Brianna Perry, female rapper on the rise, who steps out and takes charge, spitting rhymes to her super catchy “Back Der.” Her appeal is undeniable. An army of handlers, makeup artists, and choreographers that make up her entourage are bopping heads to a track that can easily ...
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Nas Praises Nicki Minaj
HIP HOP Blog - almost 5 years
''She's Like the Only Female Doing It'' 4:30PM ET May 2nd, 2012 Contributor : Erica Moore A Rocky Williform Company Nicki Minaj has her fair share of haters, but rapper Nas isn't one of them. The two have collaborated before, and Nas says that the public should give Nicki credit for being the lone female rapper holding her own currently atop the charts with all of the men. "I mean it was crazy cause Nicki is out there doing it," Nas said in an interview. "She's like the only female doing it. You got some new ones out her doing it--Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea--you got them. But since we don't hear much from Eve, [Lil] Kim and Foxy [Brown] these days, nobody can't front, Nicki is representing. To be on her album, that sh*t was crazy. ... She put me on ['Champions'] with Drake and [Young] Jeezy -- that's a recipe of a masterpiece. I thought it was a perfect record and I think Nicki killed that sh*t."
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Boston Film Family's Scrooge in the Hood Tickles Your Paranormal Funny Bone
Dread Central - almost 5 years
Beantown filmmaker Richard Chandler's Boston Film Family has been producing low-budget independent films for eight years. Their most recent offering, Scrooge in the Hood, sounds like a blending of Charles Dickens and Dolemite. Check out the trailer below for Scrooge in the Hood. It's loaded with ghosts, blood, guns and general bad behavior. The film stars George Raynor, Tina Krause, Seregon O'Dassey, Peter Morse, Kassandre Casame, Bill Jacques, Todd Therrien, Alexander Hauck and Chandler himself appears as the always creepy ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. Boston Film Family has five feature films under their belt Our Kingdom Come, Sons of Perdition, Heaven and Hell, Legless and now Scrooge in the Hood which was released late last year. The BFF has also produced a collection of shorts, including Hangar 18. For more on Boston Film Family and Scrooge in the Hood (yeah, we know it's May, but won't you be sick of Christmas movies when December rolls around? We figured we'd tell you a ...
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Iggy Azalea Brianna Perry Azealia Banks Battle Or Beef For Hip Hop’s Next Female Super Star
24 Hip Hop - almost 5 years
We know HiP Hop is a competitive sport and it can get down right dirty and sometimes deadly.Now with that being said, the females in Hip Hop has gone thru many of lenthgs to prove to there male counterparts that they compete in the same arena.Queen Latifah Mc Lyte Lil Kim Foxy Brown Trina Eve Remy Martin and now Niki Minaj are a few of the names that come to mind when i think female rapper.Those women brought immediate impact to the game and all exploded on to the scene.Some with co sign and some with crews or forged there own lane.This new crop of female Mc’s (post Niki Minaj) are all scratching for the crown to be the next female Mc to steak her claim to the coveted queen of Hip Hop title.Most would argue this title has been long held by Lil Kim until taken away by Niki Minaj. Recently the outspoken Azalea Banks got into a word fight with Grand Hustle boss T.I after she made comments about his artist Iggy Azalea when she voiced her opinion with Izzy making the XXL freshman list. ...
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Coachella 2012: Azealia Banks has arrived
LATimes - almost 5 years
One thing Azealia Banks needed to prove when she walked onstage for her Saturday afternoon set at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival -– her first official gig in the U.S. -- was how deserving she is of the massive hype that’s been thrown her way. Since her introduction into the post-Nicki Minaj world of female rap through the deliciously profane firecracker of an anthem, “212,” the Harlem spitfire has become a major darling on rap and indie blogs that have grown disenchanted with Minaj’s syrupy pop hits. This without a barrage of tracks, as evidenced by a set that ended 20 minutes earlier than expected.  COACHELLA 2012 | Full coverage With a black-and-white-striped two-piece jumper and long purple-black tresses, Banks immediately proved why thousands of Coachella-goers had lined up for choice vantage points well over 30 minutes before her scheduled set time. She was four bars into her single "... up the Fun” when she flexed just how skillful her rhymes were: precise, full ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Foxy Brown
    THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 33
    On August 15, 2013, Foxy Brown appeared on MTV Rapfix and announced her fourth studio album tentatively titled "Bandz Up" and a single of the same name, produced by Joe Milly, which was set to be released December 24, 2013, but was not released for unknown reasons.
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    In May 2013, Brown denounced ongoing rumors that she dissed Jay-Z at a baby shower, allegedly revealing that Jay was a "tranny chaser" and had given her an STD.
    More Details Hide Details Brown criticized the false reports as "fictitious", "disgusting", "disrespectful" and "malicious", and had even threatened legal action against its gossip source Media Take Out.
  • 2012
    Age 32
    Brown and Minaj were additionally set to hold a venue during the Hot 97 Summer Jam 2012 that would feature a "funeral" for Kim, but the pair pulled out last minute due to a dispute involving Summer Jam headliner Peter Rosenberg, who criticized Minaj's "Starships" for being "the most sell-out song in hip-hop history Katy Perry bullshit not hardcore hip-hop".
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    In the summer of 2012, Brown and Minaj ended their dispute and "surprise dissed" Lil' Kim during a venue at Minaj's Pink Friday Tour, just roughly a month following Kim's venue featuring her and various female rappers during her Return of the Queen Tour.
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    On August 14, 2012, Foxy Brown appeared as a special featured guest on Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Tour in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Rapper AZ hinted that she is working on new material with Nicki Minaj.
  • 2010
    Age 30
    In December 2010, Jade stated that the current relationship with her and Brown was "whatever", adding that Brown "doesn't want beef on that note".
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    On November 26, 2010, Brown released a diss track titled "Hold Yuh", which targeted Minaj and Kim, in which Brown made references of Minaj being "a fake, pop style".
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    In November 2010, Foxy Brown dubbed Nicki Minaj a liar for her false recollection of Brown having a conversation with her about Lil' Kim.
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    In February 2010, Brown dissed Jay, Lil' Kim and former friend Trina in an unreleased record, "Let 'Em Know".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    In February 2009, 50 Cent dissed Brown in his record "Try Me", where he made references of Brown's sexual relationship with ex-boyfriend Rick Ross.
    More Details Hide Details Brown shot back at 50 and released a statement, informing the rapper that he had less than "24 hours to retract that statement or she's going to handle him Brooklyn Style." 50 Cent in response satirized Brown's signature weave-hairstyles via a viral video where he described Brown as a "motherfucking bitch hoe" and vowed to beat and slap her.
  • 2007
    Age 27
    On October 23, 2007, Brown was given 76 days in solitary confinement due to a physical altercation that took place on October 3, 2007, with another prisoner.
    More Details Hide Details According to the prison authorities, Brown, the next day after the incident, was also verbally abusive toward correction officers and refused to take a random drug test. Prison authorities reported on November 27 that she was released "from solitary confinement for good behavior", and Brown was finally released from prison on April 18, 2008.
    On September 12, 2007, her representatives stated the rapper was not pregnant in response to claims by her lawyer that she was.
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    On September 7, 2007, New York Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson sentenced Foxy Brown to one year in jail for violating her probation that stemmed from the 2004 fight with two manicurists in a New York City nail salon.
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    Brown signed to Koch Records in August 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Brooklyn's Don Diva, was released as a street album on May 13, 2008, after many delays triggered by her prison sentence. It contains two previously unreleased from her shelved album Ill Na Na 2: The Fever. The album peaked at #83 on the Billboard 200 chart, #8 on the Independent Albums chart, and #5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
    In May 2007, Brown announced the album would be released on September 6, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details As of August 2007, Black Roses was rumored to be set for a 2008 release date, but nothing was further confirmed. Brown was expected to first release the street album Brooklyn's Don Diva on May 13, 2008, following her April 2008 release from prison. In an interview with Billboard.com, Foxy stated that the album is back on track and she personally wants in to drop in August or September 2011, however due to no material being released on the planned dates, yet again the album was shelved.
    On August 16, 2007, Black Hand Entertainment announced that Brown would leave Def Jam Records to launch an independent record label, Black Rose Entertainment, distributed by Koch Records.
    More Details Hide Details A street album, Brooklyn Don Diva, was scheduled with a release date of December 4, 2007, but was delayed until May 13, 2008. Black Roses release has been pushed back several times. In May 2005, the release date was set for July 26, 2005. The next month, it was pushed back to August 23, 2005. In July 2006, Black Roses had a December 2006 release.
    Naw, I don't do that, I'm a business woman baby.'" In December 2007, Remy spoke more candidly on her dispute with Brown.
    More Details Hide Details She confirmed that although she disliked Brown as a person, she admitted she liked Brown's music and added that she was influenced by her and Lil' Kim. Remy later concluded her take on the feud by giving a shout-out to Brown's rival Jacki-O and stating, "If you look at every female that came out after Brown or when she came out with Lil' Kim, to Eve, me, Jacki-O, it even got to Latifah, like how do you in a fight with Queen Latifah? Like, are you serious? This chick is a problem." On April 24, 2005, an altercation occurred between Jacki-O and Foxy Brown at Circle House Studios in Miami, Florida. Jacki-O stated her refusal to "bow down" to Brown, was the prime motive in the physical altercation. A day following the incident, she stated to MTV News: "I just know that yesterday I did not go there to get in no altercation. I went to work, and I did not know I would be winning an ass-kicking contest. You don't come to somebody's session acting like a clown. Something is seriously wrong with her. She's washed up. She needs to sit back and relax and retire. It ain't happening for her no more." O and Brooklyn native rapper, Gravy, were reportedly in Circle House Studios recording a track titled "Ménage", when in the midst, Brown and her business partner Fendi walked in and tried to negotiate to be a feature on the song.
    In July 2007, during her interview with Sub Magazine, Foxy Brown dissed Remy Ma, stating: "When you lookin' at Foxy and Kim and sayin', 'Damn y'all make me wanna rap.'
    More Details Hide Details Well shit you disappointing me 'cause you sound horrible. You look horrible, ya sound horrible. If it walk like somethin', talk like somethin', act like somethin', then it is somethin'." Brown also dissed Remy's recollection of their disagreement over the rap battle, addressing: "Some of these female rappers have the wrong approach, they wanna be my friend. And instead of approaching me like, 'Hey, how you doing', another chick Remy, 'Yo, what up with that battle?' And I'm lookin' at her like, 'You bum ass.
    In 2007, in the midst of Foxy Brown's indictment for assaulting a prisoner, radio hosts asked Ja Rule what his words would be toward Brown if he saw her in jail.
    More Details Hide Details Rule responded: "Aww man. Hold ya head ma, you'll be alright. Shit." A beef between Foxy Brown and Remy Ma originated in August 2004, when an interviewer noted to Remy: "Right now, it's a lack of female rappers in the game. Foxy don't got anything going on", Remy Ma responded: "How do I feel about them? Stay wherever they at, don't drop a song, don't do nothing, let me be the only one. I'm having so much fun. I hope they never come out. Nah, I wish everyone the best of luck. Just don't drop when I drop. That's all I got to say. Matter of fact, just don't drop at all. It'll even be better." In September 2004, Remy recalled that after a rap battle with Lady Luck at Fight Klub, her refusal to "show some type of seniority or respect" to Brown became one of the building blocks in the feud. Remy also recalled that during the incident the two were arguing over a future rap battle, where Brown declined and allegedly stated, "What? A battle? That's for beginners. We sell records in Brooklyn!" Remy dissed the rapper, responding, "When the last time you sold a record? Get the fuck out of here I'd rather be a beginner that's on fire than be a washed-up veteran. Are you fucking serious?
    On May 22, 2007, Black Hand Entertainment announced a management deal with Brown, with Chaz Williams as her manager.
    More Details Hide Details No release date was set for Black Roses, but Brown said the album was nearly complete. A release date of September 6, 2007, was announced two days later.
    Her other arrests during 2007 included leaving New York state without permission during probation, hitting a neighbor with a BlackBerry, and almost running over a stroller with a baby inside.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Times reported that Brown moved from Brooklyn to Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, without informing officials, but Brown's lawyer Alan Stutman stated that Brown's mother owned the Englewood Cliffs residence in question.
    In March 2007, Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting a beauty supply store employee.
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  • 2006
    Age 26
    In November 2006, there was speculation that Jay-Z was disappointed in Foxy Brown's "lack of productivity on the album" and was planning to drop her from the Def Jam label.
    More Details Hide Details The planned December 2006 release of Black Roses was cancelled.
    Her label did not set a release date, but hoped the album would be out by the end of 2006.
    More Details Hide Details They were unsure if the title Black Roses would be kept.
    In June 2006, Brown said her hearing had been restored through surgery and she was planning to resume recording.
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  • 2005
    Age 25
    On December 8, 2005, Brown announced she had experienced severe and sudden sensorineural hearing loss in both ears and she had not heard another person's voice in six months.
    More Details Hide Details Brown put Black Roses aside during this time.
    Female rapper Jacki-O, in April 2005, alleged that she and Brown got into a physical altercation at a recording studio in Miami, Florida, saying that Brown came into the studio during her session and expected her (Jackie O) to "bow down" to her.
    More Details Hide Details The next month, Brown denied any such altercation in an interview with the Miami, Florida, hip-hop radio station WEDR. Joseph Tacopina, Brown's attorney, stated on December 6, 2005, that he could no longer communicate with Foxy Brown verbally due to her sudden hearing loss. Judge Melissa Jackson suspended Brown's assault case for two weeks.
    In late January 2005, Remy Ma reportedly punched Foxy Brown inside Island Def Jam/Universal offices, roughly a few days after Brown "subliminally" dissed Remy during a venue at Jay-Z's Best of Both Worlds Tour and allegedly dissed her during a Hot 97 interview segment with DJ Clue, where Brown dissed Remy on a mixtape track ("We Hustlaz") and allegedly ranted: "Who drives 645's?
    More Details Hide Details That's wack We sell records New York. We don't just get on the radio station and pop shit." In February 2006, Remy Ma released a freestyle record ("Most Anticipated") that contained "slick comments" about Brown's hearing problem, and stated that she didn't care if it was offensive because "it was just good punchlines". In September 2006, Remy again joked about Brown's hearing, addressing to a radio show: " now Foxy suddenly got her hearing back, I wanted to be the first to inform her that she's wack and old."
    In 2005, Ja Rule and his two bodyguards were initial suspects in the killing of Willie "Willie Bang Bang" Clark, whom authorities linked as a "revenge" that stemmed back to a robbery case involving Foxy Brown's brother.
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    However, she returned to the label in January 2005 after then-Def Jam president and CEO Jay-Z signed her back to begin work on her new album Black Roses.
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  • 2004
    Age 24
    In November 2004, Brown announced that she would be the first artist signed to Jay-Z's upcoming imprint record label S. Carter Records.
    More Details Hide Details Rather than launching the imprint, though, Jay-Z became the new president and CEO of Def Jam Records, where he signed Brown as one of the first artists on his new roster.
    In November 2004, Brown announced that the title for her upcoming album would be Black Roses, explaining, "My best friend Barrington Levy has a song called "Black Roses."
    More Details Hide Details He's been traveling all over the world and never seen a black rose in no other garden. When he found his black rose, he knew that shit was special. Y'all niggas can have all the female rappers in the world, but there's only one black rose. I feel that's me."
    According to Brown, two albums worth of material had been recorded between 2004 and 2007 and she planned to release some of the material onto the street album, Brooklyn's Don Diva.
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    On August 29, 2004, Brown attacked two manicurists in Chelsea, Manhattan, during a dispute over a $20 bill that she refused to pay, and in April 2005 pleaded not guilty to assault charges and entered three years of probation effective October 2006.
    More Details Hide Details For that incident, she would also take anger management classes.
    Upon leaving Def Jam Records after her disappointment in the canceled release of her studio album, Ill Na Na 2: The Fever, Brown began recording in late 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Months after, she reunited with Jay Z after performing dates on his Best of Both World Tours. After signing back to Def Jam Records under his regime, Brown and Jay Z began work on Black Roses with production by The Neptunes, Kanye West, Timbaland, Trackmasters, and Dave Kelly. Brown confirmed guest appearances by Barrington Levy, Dido, Luther Vandross, Mos Def, Baby Cham, Spragga Benz, Shyne, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS-One, Roxanne Shante, and Jay Z although it is uncertain whether all will make the final cut for the album. After suffering from a hearing loss and pushing back release dates for the album, Brown left Def Jam Records for the second time and launched an independent record label, Black Rose Entertainment, in a distribution deal with Koch Records.
  • 2003
    Age 23
    In 2003, Brown engaged in a brief feud with former Timbaland protégée Ms. Jade after Jade accused Brown of relying on ghostwriters.
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    In a mixtape recording from DJ Whoo Kid's SVA LIVE 2003, Brown attacked one of Jay's verses from the "Bonnie" record, rapping: " and what the fuck wrong with him Jay-Z, I don't wear Burberry in the pool, I rock Cavalli to swim."
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    In April 2003, during her interview with Wendy Williams, Foxy Brown revealed that she hated Eve and cited her as the prime reason why she broke up with Kurupt because Eve "snitched" about the alleged affair between her and DMX.
    More Details Hide Details Brown later made derogatory comments about Eve throughout the interview, calling the rapper a "poorly dressed nappy headed blond chick". Brown also added that she was "sick and tired" of Eve subliminally dissing her and Lil' Kim on records because she and Kim "changed the game of hip-hop for female rappers." In September 2003, Eve dissed Brown on a record titled "We're Back" from former mentor DMX's album, Grand Champ. In October 2002, Foxy Brown dismissed reports of recording a track with rivals Nas and Ja Rule that was "potentially" a diss to Jay-Z. During a Thanksgiving week in 2002, while on Doug Banks In the Morning, Ja Rule stated that he "couldn't stand Foxy Brown." Brown reportedly heard Ja Rule's comments via a radio while she was helping her mother clean her house. Going against her manager's wishes, during her own interview with Doug Banks, Brown informed Banks that she was "flabbergasted" by Rule's comments and criticized the hosts for setting her up by throwing her name in a manner like: "What do you think of Foxy?" Brown further solidified that she was angry at Rule's response, primarily because she never met him.
    In 2003, Foxy Brown blamed Eve for the reasoning behind the couple's break-up.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Brown dissed Kurupt for making the break-up public for media attention, citing Kurupt's actions as "bitch shit", adding "This is who I was waking up to every morning? I never really understood how a man could disclose his relationship."
  • 2002
    Age 22
    In late 2002, Brown attacked former friend Charli Baltimore after discovering her duet, "Philly's Finest", with rival Eve, adding that it was a "disrespect" for a "Philly chick" like Baltimore to remake Jay-Z's "Brooklyn's Finest".
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    In 2002, Brown returned to the music scene briefly with her single "Stylin'", whose remix featured rappers Birdman, her brother Gavin, Loon, and N.O.R.E. It was to be the first single from her upcoming album Ill Na Na 2: The Fever.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, she was featured on DJ Kayslay's single "Too Much for Me" from his Street Sweeper's Volume One Mixtape. She also appeared on Luther Vandross' final studio album Dance with My Father. That April, Brown appeared on popular New York radio DJ Wendy Williams' radio show, and revealed the details of her relationships with Lyor Cohen, president of Def Jam Recordings at the time, and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Brown accused both of illegally trading her recording masters. She also announced that Cohen shelved her long-awaited fourth album Ill Na Na 2: The Fever over personal disagreements. Therefore, "Stylin'" was released on the compilation album The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits Vol. 6 in December 2002. Black Roses is the fourth studio album from American hip-hop artist Foxy Brown. The album was at first slated to be released sometime in July 2005 but was delayed due to sampling problems and lack of promotion from her former label, Def Jam Records. In an interview with Billboard.com on February 24, 2011, Foxy stated the album was back on track and she wanted to release it between August and September 2011, however due to no material being released on the planned dates, yet again the album was delayed.
  • 2001
    Age 21
    She is of mixed Afro-Trinidadian, Indo-Trinidadian and Chinese Trinidadian descent. Around 2001, she was engaged to Spragga Benz.
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    In 2001, Brown released Broken Silence.
    More Details Hide Details The single "BK Anthem" showcased Brown changing to a "street" image and giving a tribute to her hometown, Brooklyn, and to famous rappers such as The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay Z. The first single from the album was "Oh Yeah", which featured her then-boyfriend, Jamaican dancehall artist Spragga Benz. The track "Na Na Be Like" was produced by Kenya Fame Flames Miller and Nokio from Dru Hill. "Na Na Be Like" was also on the Blue Streak Soundtrack. The album debuted on the Billboard Charts at #5, selling 130,000 units its first week. Like previous albums, Broken Silence also sold over 500,000 records and was certified gold by the RIAA. In the same year, Brown recorded a song for the action-comedy film Rush Hour 2, Blow My Whistle, which is a collaboration with Japanese-American singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada, and was written by Utada herself alongside Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. The song is included on Def Jam's Rush Hour 2 Soundtrack, which peaked the 11th spot on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and also the 1st on the Top Soundtracks. "Blow My Whistle" was produced by The Neptunes.
  • 2000
    Age 20
    The homicidal occurrence left a strain on Kurupt's and Brown's relationship, and in 2000 it was officially announced that the couple separated.
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    In 2000, she announced she was suffering from depression and entered rehab at Cornell University Medical College for an addiction to prescription painkillers, in particular, morphine, at one point stating that she could not perform or make records unless she was on the drug.
    More Details Hide Details On March 6, 2000, Brown was arrested for driving without a license after crashing her Range Rover in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Police threatened Brown with arrest following an altercation at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica from July 26, 2002; she would be arrested if she ever returned to the country. Nicola White, clerk of the Kingston Criminal Court, told the New York Post that Brown illegally evaded a body search at the airport and punched a policewoman in the stomach. Brown's publicist, Marvette Britto, argued that Brown felt that she was being "detained" at the airport. Originally, a hearing for Brown was scheduled for July 28, 2002, but Brown failed to show up. Thus, in late December 2002, an arrest warrant was set up for Brown skipping the hearing. Amidst her legal troubles, Brown had an on-air argument with radio host Egypt on New York City radio station WWPR-FM ("Power 105.1").
  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 19
    In 1999, a dispute between Foxy Brown and Ruff Ryders recording artist Eve began to build up in the midst of Brown's alleged affair with Eve's former mentor DMX.
    More Details Hide Details Additional tensions surfaced when Eve "subliminally" dissed Foxy Brown and Lil' Kim on her records "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (2001) and "Double R What" (2002), where she criticized the two for having ghostwriters and further solidified that she "writes her own songs". In December 2002, Foxy Brown responded to the disses via her unreleased record "Get Off Me", in which she compared Eve to a yorkie terrier, dubbed her a "jealous bum bitch" and criticized her Alicia Keys-assisted single "Gangsta Lovin'". That same year, Brown reportedly disapproved of Eve and former friend Charli Baltimore's "Philly's Finest", a remake of Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G.'s "Brooklyn's Finest", in which she felt the two Philly-bred female rappers were "disrespectful". Brown also stated that when she and Lil' Kim debuted on the music scene, "everybody all of a sudden wanted a female in their crew", adding that Eve wasn't doing that for DMX and Ruff Ryders, simply because it was "just not believable."
    A dispute between Foxy Brown and her ex-fiancé Kurupt embroiled in 1999, when an alleged affair between Brown and a married DMX occurred during the pair's recording of "Dog & a Fox" from Brown's second set, Chyna Doll (1999).
    More Details Hide Details Although both Brown and DMX dismissed the allegation as false, Kurupt released a diss track titled, "Callin' Out Names", which targeted the pair. On October 17, 1999, a shooting outside the Los Angeles studio of Kurupt and associate Daz Dillinger resulted in the murder of 23-year-old security guard, Dwayne "Draws" Dupree. DMX, who was a suspect in the slaying, denied any involvement, and felt "sympathetic" towards the incident.
    In late May 1999, Lil Cease's "Play Around", featuring Lil' Kim and Diddy, was released to radio airwaves and was set to be featured on Cease's debut The Wonderful World of Cease A Leo.
    More Details Hide Details In the song, after Kim's guest rap, Diddy recites: "Stop trying to sound like her too bitches"; a subliminal diss aimed at Foxy. The line spurred enough controversy that various media sources went on to remark: "It's finally coming out. Foxy Brown bites worse than a pit bull." Additionally, Kim's guest appearance on Mobb Deep's "Quiet Storm (Remix)" which often referred as one of the best female rap verses of all time and her second album's title track, "The Notorious K.I.M.", were released as diss records to Foxy Brown. Angered by Kim's response, Brown collaborated with longtime associates Capone-N-Noreaga on the track, "Bang, Bang." In the track, Brown mimicked Kim's interpolation of MC Lyte's "10% Dis", and went on to recite: "You and Diddy y'all kill me with that subliminal shit." Towards the ending of her verse, Brown attacked Kim's grieving for the loss of Biggie Smalls by remarking: "Let the nigga Biggie rest in peace, and hop off his dick, bitch do you."
    In early 1999, Brown stated on The Ricki Lake Show that she would appear in the 2000 action film Charlie's Angels.
    More Details Hide Details The role, however, was ultimately recast after Brown's legal troubles; actress Lucy Liu took Brown's place.
  • 1998
    Age 18
    In late 1998, Brown was entangled in a feud with TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, where allegations of Brown sleeping with Lopes' on-and-off boyfriend Andre Rison were brought forth to urban media attention.
    More Details Hide Details On January 2, 2002, three months before her death, Lisa Lopes disclosed to her fansite that she would "whoop Foxy's ass", adding that "I don't advocate violence nobody's better than persona N.I.N.A." Additional controversy later developed between Brown and Lopes' protégée Natina Reed, in which Brown made obscene comments toward the Blaque vocalist in her song "7:30" from her third album, Broken Silence (2001). Brown attacked Reed primarily for her engagement with then-boyfriend Kurupt and informed Reed in the diss record that he was "off limits". Brown additionally went further as to make death threats toward Reed, reciting: "I'll hurt you till you're dead inside". In July 2001, during a candid interview with MTV News, Natina Reed responded to Brown's disses, disclosing: You can't chase something that doesn't chase you back I don't spend a lot of time thinking about what people think about me. It's petty — it's like people never grow up in this game. You watch Biggie and all that shit that he and Pac went through, and people still don't get the message.
    In 1998, a dispute between Foxy Brown and then-newcomer Queen Pen developed over Pen's controversial lesbian-themed single, "Girlfriend."
    More Details Hide Details Brown, who took offense of the song's subject, spewed homophobic remarks to both Pen and former rival Queen Latifah via her diss record, "10% Dis." In response, Pen had reportedly stepped to Brown barefoot in the lobby of Nevada's Reno Hilton during the Impact Music Convention and tried to slap and chase her down an elevator. The fight would later be broken up by Brown's associates Noreaga and Cam'ron, resulting in a subjugation of the altercation. However, when Foxy Brown was accompanied by ex-lover Kurupt, Queen Pen coincidentally bumped into her again; the conflict was yet again subdued before any further physical contact could continue. In late 1998, Brown would release another diss track titled "Talk to Me", which contained more homophobic remarks to Pen and Latifah. In 2001, Pen subliminally responded to the diss track via her record "I Got Cha", in which Pen rechristened Brown as a "bum bitch", and later went on to make remarks about her being funny and fake "like a drag queen." Although Pen insisted the song was not about Brown, she hinted: " You make a record about me, I make a record about you. Sooner or later I'm going to have to punch you in your face." Shortly after the track's release, the feud began to die down and by August 2006, both Pen and Brown reconciled and squashed the beef during an attendance at Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit.
  • 1997
    Age 17
    In 1997, the pair dissed Brown in the unreleased DJ Premier-produced "The Set Up", which was subsequently deleted from Lady of Rage's debut Necessary Roughness (1997).
    More Details Hide Details The track also featured Def Jam's First Lady Nikki D, who previously made a cameo in another Foxy Brown diss record ("Name Callin', Part 1") and was reported to have a brief feud with Brown as well; and at one point had deemed Brown of being "a really nasty bitch". Despite contrary reports, Lady of Rage would disclose in an interview that she never had "any type of beef" with Brown, and added that her former mentor 2Pac pressured her to diss Brown and Lil' Kim due to Pac's dispute with Bad Boy Records. In 1998, Foxy Brown assaulted Vibe editor Danyel Smith at a restaurant for her "inaccurate" representation of Brown in a front page story from the December 1998/January 1999 issue of Vibe. The story, which was Brown's first in-depth interview, contained exclusive details behind Brown's relationship with rival Lil' Kim and former associate Jay-Z. Content from the story provoked Brown to attack Smith by pulling her hair in outrage, ranting that the story was misconstrued.
    Later, she joined the Smokin' Grooves tour hosted by the House of Blues with the headlining rap group Cypress Hill, along with other performers like Erykah Badu, The Roots, OutKast, and The Pharcyde, the tour set to begin in Boston, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1997.
    More Details Hide Details However, after missing several dates in the tour, she left it. Chyna Doll was released in January 1999. It sold 173,000 copies in its opening week. However, its sales quickly declined in later weeks. The album's lead single, "Hot Spot", failed to enter the top 50 of the Billboard pop charts, as did the follow-up single, "I Can't" (featuring Total). Chyna Doll has been certified platinum after surpassing one million copies in shipments.
    In March 1997, she joined the spring break festivities hosted by MTV in Panama City, Florida, among other performers including rapper Snoop Dogg, pop group The Spice Girls, and rock band Stone Temple Pilots.
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  • 1996
    Age 16
    In 1996, Foxy Brown engaged in disputes with former MTV Real World contestant-turned-rapper Heather B. and Lady of Rage after Brown made explicitly derogatory comments about the two.
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    However, their first dispute developed after both of their debut studio albums were scheduled for release a week apart in November 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Media outlets additionally noted similarities between the sleeve covers of Kim's Hard Core and Brown's Ill Na Na, where the two were shown wearing the same outfit. In 1997, the feud led to the deterioration of their friendship, and also resulted in the cancellation of a collaborative album Thelma & Louise. Brown noted that the breakdown of their relationship was influenced by their conflicting entourages. They first attempted a reconciliation in 1998 after Kim called Brown and her mother after the two were held at gunpoint during a house burglary. In January 1999, critics noted the track "My Life" from Brown's second studio effort Chyna Doll for being an "open appeal" to Brown's friendship with Lil' Kim, in which she cited the relationship being "lost for pride", but also contradicted herself after making attacks on "pointed mistresses". Critics indicated the records were in subtle use to diss Lil' Kim, especially since during this time, Brown had been supporting Kim's rival Faith Evans in multiple interviews. In February 1999, a significant part of the media took note of Brown "suddenly sounding 'exactly' like Lil' Kim".
    In 1996, Brown released her debut album Ill Na Na to mixed reviews but strong sales.
    More Details Hide Details The album sold over 109,000 copies in the first week, and debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 album charts. The album was heavily produced by Trackmasters, and featured guest appearances from Jay-Z, Blackstreet, Method Man, and Kid Capri. The album went on to go platinum and launched two hit singles: "Get Me Home" (featuring Blackstreet) and "I'll Be" (featuring Jay-Z). Following the release of Ill Na Na, Brown joined fellow New York-based hip hop artists, Nas, AZ, and Nature to form the supergroup known as The Firm. The album was released via Aftermath Records and was produced and recorded by the collective team of Dr. Dre, The Trackmasters, and Steve "Commissioner" Stout of Violator Entertainment. An early form of The Firm appeared on "Affirmative Action", from Nas' second album, It Was Written. A remix of the song, and several group freestyles were in the album, Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature Present The Firm: The Album. The album entered the Billboard 200 album chart at #1 and sold over half a million records and is RIAA certified gold.
    In 1996, Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim, Da Brat, and Total got together for the recording of Bad Boy's remix of "No One Else".
    More Details Hide Details This was the only track that Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown appeared on together, the two were friends at the time.
    Brown was also featured on the soundtrack to the 1996 film The Nutty Professor, on the songs "Touch Me Tease Me" by Case and "Ain't No Nigga" by Jay-Z.
    More Details Hide Details The immediate success led to a label bidding war at the beginning of 1996, and in March, Def Jam Records won and added the then 17-year-old rapper to their roster.
    Her albums include Ill Na Na in 1996, followed by Chyna Doll in 1999, and Broken Silence in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details She also performed on the 1997 self-titled album by the Firm, the only album to be released by that group to date. She has held an extensive arrest record and served some time in jail. After 2001, she continued recording verses for herself and other artists but did not release any albums; she left the Def Jam label in 2003, thus canceling the release of her Ill Na Na 2 album.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Age -2
    Born on September 6, 1978.
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