Jay-Z Brings Pal Foxy Brown Back To Def Jam

Signing is his first since becoming label's president and CEO.

Jay-Z’s barely had time to print up new business cards, but already Def Jam’s new president and CEO has signed an artist to the label: Foxy Brown.

Foxy’s reps aren’t giving away too many details right now, but they said she’s been in the studio working on her next album (see “Foxy Brown Planning Comeback With Help From Jay-Z, Shyne” ) and that she spent part of Tuesday in the Def Jam offices.

Foxy and Jay’s official reunion certainly comes as no surprise. She performed several dates with him during both the Best of Both Worlds and “Jay-Z and Friends” tours last fall, and even before that, Fox was telling everyone that she was going to be a part of Jay’s S. Carter imprint — an imprint that has yet to come into existence in light of the rap mogul’s new Def Jam job. Jay-Z was appointed the head of Def Jam in early December, and his first official day on the job was January 3 (see “Jay-Z, Dame Dash Sell Roc-A-Fella Records; Jay Named Def Jam Prez” ).

After her last LP, Broken Silence, dropped on Def Jam four years ago, Foxy recorded an LP called Ill Nana 2: The Fever, which was never released (see “Foxy Brown Claims She’s Misunderstood, Collaborates With Lauryn Hill On New LP” ). She then left her only recording home and has been in the lab recording material for an album tentatively titled Black Roses. Barrington Levy, Dido and Luther Vandross are among her collaborators on that material.

Besides Foxy’s new LP, projects on the horizon under the Def Jam umbrella include records from 112, Mariah Carey and Memphis Bleek.