Today in Hip Hop History: January 26, 1999
Foxy Brown released her second studio album, Chyna Doll, through Violator and Def Jam Recordings in 1999. Chyna Doll followed her debut album, Ill Na Na, which introduced the world to the interesting female MC that is Foxy. Her goal with the sophomore album was to unite several hip hop regions and fans by appealing to multiple sub-genres with her sound.
Chyna Doll contained production from Kanye West, D-Dot, Irv Gotti, Lil Rob, Swizz Beatz and several more. The album featured vocals from Pam Grier, Tha Dogg Pound, DMX, Jay Z, Mya and Too $hort, among others. Just within her outside features, it becomes apparent that Foxy attempted to diversify her reach, as the regions of collaborative artists ranged from Oakland to New York to Memphis and everything in between.
The reception for Chyna Doll ranged from bleak to admirable, as some cited a “sophomore slump,” while others maintained a more positive outlook on her successful “commercial formula.” Chyna Doll debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Charts, making Foxy the second female rap artist to do so (behind Lauryn Hill and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill). The album became RIAA Certified Platinum in just two months within its release, marking an astonishing feat for the young rapper.