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Foxy Brown

19 May 2008 9:07 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

A guest spot on the 1996 Jay-z track "Ain't No Nigga" introduced Foxy Brown—the scourge of sub-par nail-salon and hotel employees everywhere—as a jailbait, off-brand Lil' Kim, from the gratuitous dropping of designer names to the Biggie-meets-Mae West swagger. Twelve years on, Brown's sexual-outlaw shtick still feels second-hand and second-rate. On her underwhelming would-be comeback album Brooklyn's Don Diva, Brown seems confused about whether her tabloid infamy is a source of pride or shame. When Brown raps about being "the only black bitch that gets press like the white bitches Paris and Lindsay" on the self-pitying, tellingly named "Star Cry," it falls somewhere between a boast and a complaint. But it isn't all brand-name dropping, rote gangsta posturing, and defensive bragging about long-ago triumphs: "When The Lights Go Out" rides a chilly, infectious electro-pop groove »

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