Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: New South Wales
Born September 6, 1979, Foxy Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, has come far in the rap industry for someone twenty three years of age. As a school girl in Brooklyn, New York, she had no real intentions of becoming a rapper, but still had fun with the idea. That was until she was discovered by LL Cool J, and she was featured rapping on his single "I Shot Ya."
Foxy made guest appearances on several other singles, all of them reaching gold or platinum status. In 1996, her first album, Ill Na Na, was released by Def Jam Records. It went double platinum and remained on Billboard charts in excess of forty weeks. Foxy was sixteen at the time.
In 1997, Foxy, Nas, AZ, and Nature formed The Firm, and released The Firm: The Album. It too achieved platinum sales. Foxy’s long-awaited follow-up album, Chyna Doll, arrived in stores January 26, 1999, and debuted at number one the Billboard charts. By April 4, it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
In the years that followed, Foxy made guest appearances on several singles, such as Sisqo's "Thong Song" remix, and most notably, CNN's "Bang Bang." During this time, she also pursued her modeling career, landing campaigns with Calvin Klein and Christian Dior, among others.
On July 17, 2001, Foxy Brown released her third solo album, Broken Silence, after a year-long delay. The critically acclaimed album debuted at number five on the Billboard charts, selling more than 130,000 copies in its first week.
Since then, Foxy has established the Ill Na Na Entertainment label, host to her rapper brother Young Gavin and several other up-and-coming artists.
In early 2003, Foxy was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Female Rap Solo category for her song "Na Na Be Like."
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