With all the press that Foxy Brown has gotten the past few years, you would think the Ill Na Na was enjoying a flourishing rap career with numerous promo spots. In all actuality, her last album Broken Silence was released in 2001 and she’s had more appearances in court than a recording booth. But a change is seemingly on the horizon for the BK representer. After overcoming a bout with hearing loss and being released from prison this past April, Fox Boogie’s back to keeping the drama on wax with her latest LP Brooklyn’s Don Diva. Although no longer with Def Jam, Foxy maintains all her usual posturing and primping in typical prima donna fashion, but does little to make for a glorious return on this somewhat “disjointed” collection.
As expected, Foxy has no trouble for name dropping high-priced fashion like Fendi and Prada among other bowls of braggadocio broth, but when it comes to tackling her life ills, Foxy plays coy a little too often. She manages to scratch the glass ceiling on the album’s sole diamond “Star Cry” where she flashes a little morality with lines like “How can the spectators say Foxy’s stuck up?/how can you judge my life like I didn’t have to struggle/sometimes I feel like I’m living inside a fuckin’ bubble.”
Unfortunately hell doesn’t stay frozen long enough. Although an accomplished reggae rapper, Foxy dishes up some dancehall duds on “We Set The Pace” and “The Quan” and hits rock bottom when she kicks the same verse on the AZ assisted, “Too Real” and the tough-talking “How We Get Down.”
Thankfully Don Diva’s producers supply some heat when Foxy acts too cool for concepts. The cheery disposition and Kira’s playful chorus ensures “When The Lights Go Out” a spot on any springtime playlist, while newcomers like Jamal Doctor and Matheo Productions deliver the concrete on “We Don’t Surrender” and “Dreams Of Fuckin’ A D-Boy” respectively, which allows Foxy to spit the street jargon which obstinately serves as her comfort zone.
It’s without a doubt that Fox Boogie still has the vocal presence boosted with arrogance and confidence to rap circles around her female (and male) counterparts, but even sharpshooters have to focus to hit their targets. While she enjoys her freedom (for now) from the physical bars of the justice system, it will take a little more dedication to her craft to unlock the cell that incarcerates her artistic creativity.
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