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Brooklyn's Don Diva

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Foxy Brown 5/13/2008

Review

You'd think seven years -- turbulent years that involved a bout with near-total deafness and in-public temper issues that led to some time behind bars -- would allow Foxy Brown more than enough time and experiences to make Brooklyn's Don Diva anything but a reheated version of 2001's Broken Silence, but that is what it most resembles, as opposed to a bold step forward or a reclamation of her power. A couple tracks and a few stray lines aside, these verses could have been dashed off by the MC at just about any earlier point in her career -- a shame since the hypnotizing likes of "Too Real," featuring snaking and skanking production from Statik Selektah (and a verse from AZ), and "Star Cry" hint at how potent the album could've been, given the soul-searching tension between anger, sadness, and swaggering combativeness. During the latter, she temporarily rejects her possessions and fame, fights back tears through "I'm just like y'all, but I probably hurt more/After 13 years I feel I deserve more." But these moments are few and far between, moderately satisfying only for those who have been eager to get their hands on a new Foxy Brown album since the 2005 single "Come Fly with Me" (unfortunately not included here). Retraced steps, backed by an assembly line of knockoff production work, are the rule. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Brooklyn's Don Diva Foxy Brown 2:32
  3. 2 We Don't Surrender Foxy Brown 4:3
  4. 3 We're on Fire Foxy Brown 4:21
  5. 4 Dreams of F****** a D-Boy Foxy Brown 3:9
  6. 5 When the Lights Go Out Foxy Brown 3:32
  7. 6 Never Heard This Before Foxy Brown 4:9
  8. 7 Too Real Foxy Brown 2:52
  9. 8 Star Cry Foxy Brown 4:29
  10. 9 Why Foxy Brown 4:10
  11. 10 She Wanna Rude Bwoy Foxy Brown 3:28
  12. 11 The Quan Foxy Brown 3:44
  13. 12 Bulletproof Love/One Love Foxy Brown 3:46
  14. 13 How We Get Down Foxy Brown 4:28
  15. 14 We Set the Pace Foxy Brown 4:20
  16. 15 The Quan [Hip Hop Mix] Foxy Brown 3:41

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