Foxy Brown born Inga Marchard on September 6, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York. Foxy was only sixteen when she kicked in the door to the rap industry with her in your face sexuality and barely there outfits. Her first album "Ill Na Na" was released in 1996 than re-released in 1997. It debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 100. The album featured Blackstreet, Havoc, MethodMan, and Jay-Z. "Get Me Home" featuring Blackstreet and "I'll Be" featuring Jay-Z are two big singles that helped "Ill Na Na" reach Platinum status.
Her second album "Chyna Doll" was released in 1999 and debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 100, making Foxy the first female rapper to debut at the number one spot. The album featured DMX, Mya, Jay-Z, Total and Too-Short to name a few. It also had a special appearance by the original Foxy Brown, Pam Grier. "Hot Spot" and "I Can't" featuring Total help Foxy Brown reach Platinum status for the second time. Foxy was quoted as saying she was very proud of the album despite the critics overly critical of her for being overtly vulgar and lewd.
Foxy's third album "Broken Silence" was released in 2001 and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 100. Baby Cham, Kelis, Mystical, Spragga Benz, Wayne Wonder, and the legendary Ron Isley were all featured. "Oh Yeah" featuring Spragga Benz and "Candy" featuring Kelis were two great singles however "Broken Silence" only reached Gold status.
Foxy Brown left Def Jam in 2003 however returned in 2005. She began recording her fourth album entitled "Black Roses". Unfortunately she began experiencing hearing loss which forced her to shelve "Black Roses" and focus on her health. Foxy suffers from sudden and severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SHL). Most sensory hearing loss is due to poor hair cell function. The hair cells may be abnormal at birth, or damaged during the lifetime of an individual. There are external causes of damage, such as noise trauma and infection. This type of hearing loss can also be caused by prolonged exposure to very loud sounds, like wearing headphones on full blast over an extended period of time.
After her surgery Foxy Brown released a mixtape "Brooklyn's Don Diva" in 2008. In effort to promote her latest release Foxy released several track "When the Lights Go Out", "We Don't Surrender", and "Star Cry"on i-tunes. However, her legal trouble has since derailed a potential comeback from the Ill Na Na herself Foxy Brown.I won't go into the lengthy list of her legal woes.although, I will wish her much luck on her comeback, pray for her during her trying times as I am a fan of her music.