Fans of Foxy Brown won't encounter many commercial songs when they pick up her third LP, Broken Silence, on June 5.
Amid a mostly street-oriented vibe, the record finds the rapper touching on controversies that have surrounded her since her last album, Chyna Doll, was released in 1998.
With guest Ronald Isley, Foxy addresses her mother and her brothers, Anton and Gavin Marchand (the latter serving as the album's executive producer), on "A Letter." Speaking freely of her past mistakes, Foxy asks her family for forgiveness for certain acts, such as posing on the cover of Vibe magazine holding her crotch, and for her reputation in the media as a wild woman.
"Oh Yeah," the album's first single, is the MC's latest claim-staking venture toward the queen-of-hip-hop mantle. "I'm the most critically acclaimed rapstress in the game," she rhymes on the Caribbean-flavored track, which features reggae chanting on the chorus. On the song, as she does throughout the entire album, the MC interchanges her conventional flow and voice with a patois-like accent.
Later, "BK Anthem" arrives, carpeted with bass and sonic bleeps. The track, which has popped up on several underground mix tapes, is a prop-giving love-fest to Brown's hometown of Brooklyn.
But Broken Silence isn't totally about Foxy scuffing her Prada shoes while stomping around the 'hood. In what's almost a prerequisite these days, the Neptunes production team provides a sugary party track to the record, a Spanish guitar-flavored song titled "Candy." Kelis sings on the hook while Foxy breaks down a few boy-meets-girl scenarios.
Reggae superproducer Tony Kelly also contributes on the tracks "Every Little Thing" and "Saddest Day," though conspicuous by his absence is Brown's longtime collaborator, Jay-Z, who ghostwrote for the rapper and appeared on her previous albums. However, she isn't totally alone when she's spitting bars; Capone-N-Noreaga join her on "Run Yo Shó," and Foxy's protégé, a white female rapper named China White, helps out on "I Don't Care." White is signed to Brown's Ill Na Na Entertainment.
The Little X-directed video for "Oh Yeah" will surface in the near future; production is scheduled to begin on the clip on May 15 in Jamaica.
For a full-length interview with Foxy Brown, check out "Foxy Brown: Outspoken."