Today in Hip Hop History: September 6, 1978
Inga DeCarlo Fund Marchand, also known as Foxy Brown, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1978. Foxy Brown is an American MC, model and actress best known for her solo work in addition to a brief stretch with the hip hop group The Firm. She began her career at a young age, when Foxy Brown won a talent contest in Brooklyn. Members of the Trackmasters, who were producers currently working on LL Cool J’s Mr Smith, witnessed her performance and suggested that she rap over “I Shot Ya.”
After featuring on various RIAA Certified singles in addition to the 1996 film The Nutty Professor, Foxy Brown inked a deal with Def Jam Records at the age of 17. That same year she released her debut album, Ill Na Na, to great sales but average critical reviews. The album became RIAA Certified Platinum.
Foxy then joined into a hip hop super-group, alongside Nas, AZ and Nature, to form The Firm. The group garnered heavy attention due to its star-studded lineup, and signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label. Unfortunately, their only album together, The Album, failed to live up to these expectations as it generated below average sales and was criticized for having a mainstream pop feel to it. The artists then disbanded and went their separate ways.
Since then, Foxy has released two additional solo albums, in addition to serving multiple jail sentences and having fueds with the likes of Lil’ Kim, Queen Latifah, Ja Rule, Eve, Kurupt and several others. In 2005 to 2006, Foxy suffered from hearing loss, which heavily affected her recording career. Since the release of her last solo album in 2001, Foxy has had multiple problems in releasing music, with an album shelved several times, in addition to external problems. Hip hop has not seen much of her in recent years.