Def Jam - 2001 - 72 minutes
Foxy Brown came to the attention of the hip-hop world freestyling at an open mic session at New York's Lyricist's Lounge. Even at the tender age of fourteen she was streetwise, pint-sized, and dirtier than the top shelf of a Swedish newsagent.
After two solo albums, a three-header LP with Queensbridge rappers Nas and AZ as The Firm, and numerous guest appearances, Ms Brown is now a high-profile player. She ends her recent music exile after a torrid two years of broken engagements, high-profile drug overdoses and general mayhem to release her third album 'Broken Silence'.
'Candy', the album's best track by far, sees Foxy team up with red-hot producers The Neptunes and new school R'n'B diva Kelis, with incredibly catchy results. 'Candy' is a bouncy, poppy ode to the joy of cunnilingus (how often do you get to write a sentence like that?). It ought be a huge summer jam.
Elsewhere, 'Broken Silence' ploughs a fruitful furrow between reggae and hip-hop, particularly on heavily dancehall influenced cuts like 'Oh Yeah' and 'Run Dem'. Foxy's vocals are still as taut, upfront and bad as a Tarantino moll but, sadly, hip-hop hubris is a contagious disease and weak production is again the villain on much of this album.
I have written before about the atrocious samples that are being dredged up by unscrupulous producers - Tupac's most recent album, Until The End Of Time, jacked a nasty hook from Mr Mister's ghastly 1980s ballad 'Broken Wings'. So what's this on the title track? Yep, Broken bloody Wings again. Foxy love, you deserve so much better.
Tracklisting: Broken silence (intro) - Fallin' - Oh Yeah - BK Anthem - The Letter - 7:30 - Candy (Brown, Foxy & Kelis) - Tables will turn (Brown, Foxy & Baby Cham) - Hood scriptures - Run dem - 'Bout my paper (Brown, Foxy & Mystikal) - Run yo' sh*t (Brown, Foxy & CNN) - Na Na Be Like - Gangsta Boogie - I Don't Care - So Hot - Saddest Day - Broken Silence