Chyna Doll (album)

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Chyna Doll
Studio album by Foxy Brown
Released January 26, 1999 United States
June 18, 1999 United Kingdom
Recorded 1998-1999
Genre Hip hop
Length 61:31
Label Def Jam, Ill Na Na Entertainment
Producer Robert 'Shim' Kirkland, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Kanye West, Irv Gotti, Lil' Rob, Swizz Beatz, Charly Charles, Tyrone Fyffe, Bernard 'Big Demi' Parker, D-Moet, 'Baby' Chris Lighty
Foxy Brown chronology
The Firm: The Album
(1997)
Chyna Doll
(1999)
Broken Silence
(2001)
Singles from Chyna Doll
  1. "Hot Spot"
    Released: October 26, 1998
  2. "I Can't"
    Released: March 2, 1999

Chyna Doll is the second full-length studio album and third recording by American hip-hop artist Foxy Brown. The album was released in United States on January 26, 1999 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making Foxy Brown the second female hip-hop artist in history to debut at the number one spot on the Billboard 200, behind Lauryn Hill. The album was later certified Platinum. Chyna Doll was released in the United Kingdom on June 18, 1999.

Album information[edit]

Chyna Doll is the follow-up to Foxy Brown's 1996 platinum album Ill Na Na and was recorded in 1998. The album features guest appearances by DMX, Mýa, Total, Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Eightball & MJG, Juvenile, Too Short, Pretty Boy (also known as Young Gavin and Nino Brown), Mia X, Tha Dogg Pound, Gangsta Boo, and Noreaga. It also features a special appearance by Pam Grier, the actress who played the original Foxy Brown in the 1974 blaxploitation film. About this album, Brown said, "I wanted to captivate everyone. I wanted to get all the crowds. I wanted to get the Down South crowd, West Coast crowds, East Coast crowds, all the dopest MCs from each part of the world -- and we just did our thing. It was dope, it was real hot. I'm very proud with this album."[1]

Production[edit]

Recording for her second album began in the summer of 1998.

In September 1998, it was reported that Foxy Brown would remake Janet Jackson's classic "What Have You Done for Me Lately" for the upcoming album, as well as an update to N.W.A.'s "Real Niggaz Don't Die", calling it "Bitches with Attitude" featuring Southern female rappers Mia X and Gangsta Boo.[2]

During the recording process of the album, alternative rock singer Fiona Apple agreed to make a guest appearance on the album after an invitation from Brown, but due to scheduling differences, the session could not be arranged in enough time to make the final cut. Foxy Brown had also asked Madonna to collaborate on the album, but due to unknown circumstances, nothing ever became of it.[3]

The original release date for Chyna Doll was November 17, 1998, but Brown decided to delay the release of the album to give her enough time to make sure everything was the way she wanted it.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Birth of Foxy Brown" (featuring Pam Grier) - 1:27
  2. "Chyna Whyte" - 3:01
  3. "My Life" - 4:27
  4. "Hot Spot" - 3:50
  5. "Dog & a Fox" (featuring DMX) - 2:57
  6. "JOB" (featuring Mýa) - 3:42
  7. "Bomb Ass" - (featuring Tha Dogg Pound) - 0:59
  8. "I Can't" (featuring Total) - 4:47
  9. "Bonnie & Clyde (Part II)" (featuring Jay-Z) - 4:50
  10. "4-5-6" (featuring Beanie Sigel & Memphis Bleek) - 5:01
  11. "Ride (Down South)" (featuring 8Ball & MJG, Juvenile & Too $hort) - 5:41
  12. "Can U Feel Me Baby" (featuring Pretty Boy) - 3:49
  13. "Baller Bitch" (featuring Pretty Boy & Too $hort) - 3:49
  14. "BWA" (featuring Mia X & Gangsta Boo) - 3:26
  15. "Tramp" - 3:28
  16. "Baby Mother" - 1:25
  17. "It's Hard Being Wifee" (featuring Noreaga) - 4:44

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
The Source 3.5/5 stars[8]

Despite the commercial success of Chyna Doll, the album was critically panned for its sexual explicit nature. Allmusic's journalist Jose F. Promis rating the album 2.5 stars. He cites, "...for the most part, this album is full of unappealing, pornographic raps, lame beats, and pathetic gangster posturing. The sophomore slump is evident here...".[9] Amazon journalist Oliver Wang states, "Chyna Doll just sounds like any number of New York-based rap albums, especially with its commercial formula of shuffling high hats, catchy hooks, and recycled funk loops. In the end, Brown's self-exploitive (sexually and racially) cover art is likely to offer more provocative statements than the album itself."[10]

Commercial reception[edit]

The album was released on January 26, 1999 and debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at No. 1, making Foxy Brown the first female rap artist to ever conquer the chart's top position. On March 24, 1999, Chyna Doll was certified platinum and sold 844,000 copies in the United States.

Chyna Doll Touring[edit]

In March 1999, it was announced that Foxy Brown would tour with R. Kelly on the "Get Up on a Room" tour featuring Busta Rhymes, Nas, Deborah Cox, and Kelly Price. After cancelling several dates due to slow ticket sales, a fatal stabbing in Miami, and Rhymes pulling out of the tour, Brown left the tour and pursued her own North American tour that began in August 1999 and stopped at 22 cities in America.[11]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
Position
US Billboard 200 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
Canadian Albums Charts 6
UK Albums Chart[12] 51

Unreleased Music[edit]

  • Star Wars (featuring Busta Rhymes) An unreleased song from the Chyna Doll sessions that did not make the final release of the album. The song has remained unreleased.
  • Unknown Title (featuring R. Kelly) MTV reported that Foxy Brown collaborated with R. Kelly for the album Chyna Doll. Although it is not confirmed, the song could have possibly been "Dollar Bill", which appeared on R. Kelly's "R." album.
  • Lately A remake of Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done for Me Lately". The song featured a sample of Janet Jackson's voice and she did not make an official appearance on the song, as was reported. The song did not make the final version of the album.
  • Rolls Royce (Cream Drop) Also known as "S.O.F.T.". Although the song did not appear on the album, it was released through the mixtape circuits in New York City as a buzz single for the album.

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Preceded by
Made Man by Silkk The Shocker
Billboard 200 number-one album
February 13–19, 1999
Succeeded by
…Baby One More Time by Britney Spears