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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Behind The Beef - Foxy Brown Vs Lil' Kim


Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown are two all-time female MC’s who paved the way for so many female artists and many of those artists have cited them as influences and we can still see it today. Two people who started out cordial in the beginning but after a while things just weren’t the same and that’s that.

Both rappers rose to fame around the same time in the 1990s. The two women grew up in the same area of Brooklyn and even attended the same high school. Additionally, Brown and Kim had similar styles, and their debut albums hit the market just one week apart. Of course, fans and the media were going to compare the two artists.

But did Brown and Kim’s beef, which at one point led to actual shooting, arise just because they were professional competitors? Or was there much more going on in their feud, which spanned more than 20 years? Below is a complete timeline of Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown's historic beef.

At the start of their respective careers, both Kim and Brown joined rap conglomerates that featured some of NYC's most legendary artists. This helped them to establish themselves much more quickly than they might have otherwise. 

Late rapper Notorious B.I.G. played an instrumental role in launching Kim's rap career. Biggie promoted a hip-hop group out of Bedford-Stuyvesant called Junior M.A.F.I.A. (Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes). The producer brought in 19-year-old Kim, and the group debuted what would be their only album, Conspiracy, in 1994. Record sales and reviews of Conspiracy were just average.

Following the release of her 1997 debut album, Brown joined New York supergroup The Firm along with fellow rappers Nas, AZ, and Nature. The hype surrounding the group grew stronger after they signed with Aftermath, Dr. Dre's record label. The group released what would be their only recording, The Album, in 1997. It proved a disappointment critically and commercially.

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