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SoulBounce’s Class Of 1996: Foxy Brown ‘Ill Na Na’

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After making a name for herself on mixtapes and features on mega hits such as Jay-Z's "Ain't No N***a" and Case’s "Touch Me, Tease Me," Foxy Brown was signed to Def Jam at just 17 years old and soon released her debut album entitled Ill Na Na in September of 1996. The album, largely produced by the Trackmasters, came in at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B Albums and eventually went platinum. Though much of the album centered around sex, fashion and talk of a mafia, Brown saw great commercial success with singles "Get Me Home" featuring Blackstreet and "I'll Be" featuring Jay-Z.

Given the album was released exactly one week after Lil' Kim's debut album Hard Core, critics and fans alike couldn’t resist comparing the two. This made for healthy debate and a bitter battle for the “Queen of Brooklyn” title between the two female rappers, which played out over the airwaves on New York’s Hot 97 radio station. Still, one thing was for sure: While both played on their overt sexuality, the fact that they spit lyrics and rocked tracks just as hard as the men wasn’t at all up for debate.

More recently, fans of the Brooklyn Don Diva felt slighted when she was left out of VH1’s Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens tribute this year. Following the show, Fox Boogie took to Instagram noting that she prefers to “be held to a much higher standard” and highlighted the “more important honor” she had received when she was given the Key to Brooklyn earlier this year. She then fired one last shot by announcing that she is currently working on her own “incredible return” to hip-hop.

Foxy Brown Ill Na Na [Amazon][iTunes][Google Play]


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