Foxy Brown was born Inga Fung Marchand on September 6, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York. She and her childhood friend. Lil Kim, aspired to be successful rappers, and in 1994 a teenage Foxy won a talent show in her Park Slope neighborhood. This brought her to the attention of producers Trackmasters, who invited her to rap on a remix of the LL Cool J song 'I Shot Ya.' Her rap skills were featured on tracks by Toni Braxton and Jay-Z, and at the age of 16, she was signed to Def Jam Records. In 1996, she released her first album, Ill Na Na, which was a moderate critical success and sold 109,000 copies in its first week, eventually going platinum. The album featured the singles 'Get Me Home' (with Blackstreet) and 'I'll Be' (with Jay-Z.) After her solo success, Foxy joined Nas, Nature and AZ to form the rap supergroup The Firm, and released their album in 1997 on Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Foxy released her second solo album, Chyna Doll, in January of 1999 which also debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, despite the fact that the albums singles 'Hot Spot' and 'I Can't' failed to hit the top 50 singles charts. A third album, Broken Silence, a tribute to her days in Brooklyn, was released in 2001 and brought even more success to the rapper. In 2004, she reunited with her former mentor Jay-Z, signed to the Def Jam subsidiary Roc-A-Fella Records, and joined the 'Jay-Z and Friends' tour. In recent years, Foxy has been making headlines, but not for her music. She was accused of a number of assault charges, including attacking two Manhattan manicurists over a $20 tab. In December of 2005, Foxy announced that she was diagnosed with sudden hearing loss in May of that year while working on a new album. In October 2006, she was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to undergo anger management classes for the 2004 nail salon incident. She was later sentenced to one year in jail for violating her probation in that case. She was eventually released from prison on April 18, 2008. Before she went to prison, she recorded tracks that would make up the May 2008 release Brooklyn's Don Diva. Foxy was reportedly less-than-pleased with the finished product and has promised that her next album, Black Roses will make up for it. With her street-wise demeanor and sexy voice, Foxy is certainly living up the the reputation of her big screen inspiration.
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