Born Inga Marchand in 1978, Foxy Brown grew up in Brooklyn and became a signed performer to Def Jam Records by the time she was 17 years old. Her father left the family while she was very young to pursue his own recording career. However, she has enjoyed a level of success arguably unmet by her father, as she has three records to her credit and is also labeled as an actress and model. Unfortunately, her career has also been marked by criminal infractions and jail sentences. She also has suffered medical setbacks that have left her unable to perform or record music.
She began her career as a hip hop artist when she was 17 years old. She won a Brooklyn talent show and caught the eye of LL Cool J’s production crew, who were in the area to film a video. At this young age, she began performing on other artists’ tracks and also became one of the performers to contribute to the soundtrack of the 1996 film The Nutty Professor. Shortly after she contributed to this soundtrack, Rapper Jay-Z signed her to Def Jam Records, officially launching her hip hop career.
Her debut album, Ill Na Na, hit the market in 1996 and sold more than 100,000 copies in its first week of release. It reached the number 7 spot on the Billboard 200 soon after its release and became certified platinum a short time later. Several notable singers and rappers joined her on the album, including Jay-Z, Backstreet, Method Man, and Kid Capri. Critics gave the album mixed reviews; however, it quickly became a hip hop fan favorite, which solidified her presence on the late 1990s music scene. Today, despite not being a regular performer, she has built a Foxy Brown net worth of $1.5 million.
How Much Is Foxy Brown Worth Now?
Even with a Foxy Brown net worth of $1.5 million, she has remained a troubled star who has struggled to conform to societal standards. In fact, her legal troubles began in 1997 when she spit on two hotel workers. She was given a 30 day suspended sentence and required to undertake 80 hours of community service for her offense. She continued her criminal behavior into the first decade of the new millennium. From 2000 until 2009, she has been in and out of jail for various offenses, including assault, driving without a license, and violating a protection order.
However, her recording career has also been interrupted by various health issues. In 1999, she checked herself into rehab for depression and an addiction to painkillers. In 2005, she underwent surgery and treatment for hearing loss. In fact, her hearing loss was so significant that she had to put her music career on hold until she fully recovered. She made a slight comeback in 2012 by appearing on Nicki Minaj on Minaj’s Pink Friday Tour. She also appeared on several shows on MTV in 2013, including the program Rapfix.
Rumors continue to swirl about whether or not Foxy Brown will ever make a full comeback to the worldwide hip hop stage. Industry insiders said her newest album will be called Bandz. However, she has yet to confirm or deny that rumor. She also is said to be dating Rick Ross, who himself is a hip hop standout and someone who enjoys his own level of success in music. Until then, fans are left to enjoy her three previous albums, which include Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, and Broken Silence. Foxy Brown also appeared in two movies, 1998’s Woo and Fade to Black, which was released in 2004.