While police look for leads in separate but similar-style armed burglaries in
Brooklyn, N.Y., involving rappers Foxy Brown and Ol' Dirty Bastard, Brown said
Friday morning (July 10) that she was relieved to have survived the recent
break-in of her mother's brownstone.
"I never dreamed when I entered the music business that I would become a
target of such a malicious attempt to harm myself and my family," Brown said in
a statement issued two days after the crime. "We feel extremely blessed to have
survived such an unfortunate ordeal."
On Wednesday morning, Foxy Brown (a.k.a. Inga Marchand) became the
second rapper in two weeks to be the victim of a "push-in"-style burglary when
two unidentified black men with a gun forced their way into her mother's home.
The men fled the scene when Brown's mother, whom they shoved into a
bathroom, escaped and called police.
On July 30, Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (a.k.a. Russell Jones) was
shot in the back and left arm following a similar-style robbery by two unidentified
black men at his cousin's apartment in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of
Brooklyn, located just three miles from the home of Foxy Brown's mother in Park
While the robbers in both crimes brandished a gun, no shots were fired and no
items were taken in the Foxy Brown break-in. On the other hand, ODB suffered
superficial gunshot wounds and was robbed of a gold bracelet and cash.
Police spokesperson Cadet Timothy Brown said on Friday morning (July 10)
that the investigation into the attempted robberies is ongoing and that
investigators currently had no suspects in either case.
When asked if police had ruled out a connection between the Foxy Brown
incident and the ODB case, Cadet Brown responded only by saying, "A case
has been opened and the investigation has yet to yield suspects or leads."
In her statement, Brown, who still lives in Brooklyn, pointed out that celebrities
are often criticized for leaving their old neighborhoods once they get famous,
and thanked her fans for their support. "I must now put this unfortunate event
behind me," she continued, "and move forward as I focus on the completion of
my sophomore album from which I am currently recording."
Foxy Brown's debut album, Ill Na Na, was released in 1996 on DefJam
and found the rapper sharing the mic with such major rap players as Jay-Z and
She and Dru Hill scored a hit last year with "Big Bad Mamma," from
DefJam's How To Be A Player. She also teamed up with fellow-rappers
Nas, AZ and Nature to form a group called the Firm and saw their The Firm --
The Album climb to the upper echelons of the Billboard 200 albums
DefJam spokesperson Gabrielle Peluso said Friday (July 10) that Foxy Brown's
next album did not have a title or track listing yet, but that it was due to be
released in the first quarter of next year.