Billboard Magazine is wrapping up its ‘Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop’ features and it appears that they’ve decided to close things out with the Queen Of Hip Hop Foxy Brown who pretty much laid out the blueprint for almost every female rapper to come out after 1996. With multiple platinum albums to her credit and a few bangin mixtapes in the stash Brown is a legend in the game and hands down the best to ever do it..
Billboard reached out to Mobb Deep, Total, and hit maker Teddy Riley to get his thoughts on Foxy and describe what his experience was like working with her own their smash “Get You Home”….
“Get You Home was supposed to be a remix but when she added to it I decided to make it an actual song. She doesn’t know this but I only charged her a $1 for the song. When Lyor [Cohen] and Russell Simmons came down to Virginia they pulled me into a room and asked, ‘What are you gonna charge us for this? This is a smash.’ I told them to wait until we got it done first but they wanted to talk about it now. -Teddy Riley/Billboard Magazine
“He (Jay Z) gave her insight and had been writing for her for a while. When she wanted to add more she wanted Jay to help her with it. Him being a part of her writing and him ghostwriting for her on a lot of things introduced her to many people and also made her one of the top rappers.”-Teddy Riley/Billboard Magazine
Pam (from Total): “Foxy’s voice couldn’t be duplicated and it still can’t be duplicated. You’ve never heard someone like Foxy. She came with it. There’s no one else that killed the game like Foxy. ‘No One Else’ was fire: Foxy putting it down the way she did, [Lil] Kim coming behind her and then Da Brat finishing it off. We were in the studio when Kim and Brat put it down, but we weren’t there when Foxy put it down.”
Kima (from Total): “I think they (Lil Kim and Foxy Brown) knew they were going to be on the song together.”
Pam: “The elevation of that record was so high. Puffy was the mastermind behind it. Brandy had done something like that [with female rappers], but it was like ‘I Wanna Be Down’ to the 4th power.” -Billboard Magazine