It had been a minute since many fans had seen Foxy Brown up close and personal, but that changed this past week when the Bedford-Stuyvesant femcee made a tearful appearance on “RapFix Live,” as part of the unofficial kickoff to the 2013 VMAs in Brooklyn.
Sitting alongside fellow Brooklynite Big Daddy Kane, Foxy told host Sway that temporary hearing loss was only one of the issues she’d had to deal with in her career, which dates back to her breakthrough 1996 debut, Ill Na Na. Coping with rap’s “rumor mill” has also come with the territory.
“I’ve been dealing with that since I was like 15-years-old,” she admitted with a laugh.
One of the recent rumors has had her potentially joining independent powerhouse Rostrum Records, home to acts like Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Boaz and Chevy Woods. Talk that Foxy could join the label began to swirl back in July when she posted a photo of Rostrum Vice President Arthur Pitt. The photo’s caption read “LOL!!! MY RUSSIAN DUDE ARTIE PITT LIKE FOX SIGN THE DOTTED LINE!!!!!”
Foxy addressed the ensuing speculation on “RapFix Live,” saying, “There have been offers, of course. I’ve only been signed to one label my entire career, which is Def Jam.”
The rapper in fact signed a distribution deal with E1 Music in 2007 for her Black Rose Entertainment label, but failed to put out an LP during its duration.
“My bar is set so high that any label that I go to now has to be an incredible situation for me — financially and spiritually,” Brown said. “I’m on this whole maturation journey; I’m a different person.”
The 34-year-old’s fourth studio album, tentatively titled Bandz Up, is in the early stages of recording, though she did debut a title track back in July at a live show for NYC Pride at El Morocco. “I just picked the mic back up,” she revealed. ” ’Bandz Up’ was the first record that I did.”
Is Foxy back? Time will tell.