Happy Birthday, Foxy Brown!
There's two undisputed queens when it comes to Brooklyn's cocksure rapping: Lil Kim and Foxy Brown. The latter is still a fan fan favorite even a decade after her last album dropped. Foxy Brown turns 37 years old today (Sept. 6).
Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, caught the eye of many when she was featured on Jay Z's breakout hit, "Ain't No N----." Of course, a reason was that Brown was 18 years old spitting R-rated rhymes.
Her working relationship with Hov continued from there. Later that year, Brown released her debut album Ill Na Na. The project contained her most well-known song: the Rene & Angela-sampling "I'll Be" featuring Jay Z.
Brown's reign at the top was short-lived. After 1999's Chyna Doll and 2001's Broken Silence, which went gold and platinum, respectively, Brown's career was halted after losing her hearing in 2004. This happened was she was working on Black Roses, which was set to feature production from Kanye West, the Neptunes and even an appearance from Roxanne Shante. Unfortunately, Black Roses was shelved indefinitely. Brown's last music effort was her Brooklyn's Don Diva mixtape in 2008.
Brown has had a history of legal issues as well. In 1999, she assaulted a VIBE editor because of what she claimed was an inaccurate representation of her in a cover story. In 2007, she was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two manicurists.
Despite her legal troubles, Brown is still respected among her rap peers. In 2012, Nicki Minaj brought her out as a guest on the Pink Friday Tour.
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