WAKE IT UP!!
Can you believe that 22 years ago, Foxy Brown RELEASED her DEBUT album, ‘Ill Na Na’?! Well the HIT DEBUT actually dropped November 19th 1996. It was reissued on September 29, 1997 in the United Kingdom with an addition of the song “Big Bad Mamma”. Brown began working on the album after being discovered by the production team Trackmasters and appearing on a number of singles by other artists, such as LL Cool J, Case and Jay Z. The immediate success of the singles led to a bidding war at the beginning of 1996, and in March, Def Jam Recordings won and signed the then 17-year-old rapper to the label. Mostly produced by Trackmasters, Ill Na Na features guest appearances from Blackstreet, Havoc, Method Man, Kid Capri and Jay Z. Lyrically, the album mainly focuses on themes of fashion, sex and mafia.
Released exactly one week after Lil’ Kim’s debut album Hard Core, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics, heavily comparing the two albums. Ill Na Na debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 with 109,000 copies sold in its first week. It has sold over a million copies and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and over 3 million copies worldwide.
Three singles were released from the album. “Get Me Home” was released on September 15, 1996. It peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, “I’ll Be”, released on March 4, 1997, also noted a commercial success. It peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Brown’s highest charting single. The song was ranked number 52 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs. “Big Bad Mamma” was released July 28, 1997 and was featured on the soundtrack to the film How to Be a Player (1997). It peaked at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100.
So let’s GO BACK a bit with ‘I’ll Be’ featuring her mentor, JAY-Z!!