Chyna Doll (album)

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Chyna Doll
Chyna Doll.jpg
Studio album by Foxy Brown
Released January 26, 1999 (1999-01-26)
Recorded 1998–1999
Studio Electric Lady Studios
The Hit Factory
(New York, New York)
Genre
Length 61:30
Label
Producer
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 studio album by American rapper Foxy Brown. It was released on January 26, 1999 by Violator Records and Def Jam Recordings. After the commercial success of her debut album, Ill Na Na (1996), Brown began working on her sophomore record. This time, she insisted on being the executive producer to have a creative control over the album. She collaborated with a number of producers, such as Kanye West, D-Dot, Irv Gotti, Lil Rob, Swizz Beatz and Tyrone Fyffe, among others.

Upon its release, Chyna Doll received mixed reviews from music critics. It debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, making it the second rap album by a female artist to debut at number one on the chart (first being The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) by Lauryn Hill). The album was a commercial success. Selling 173,000 copies in its opening week, it was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Background and recording[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]

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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
Los Angeles Times 1/5 stars[6]
Q 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Robert Christgau 3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
The Source 3.5/5 stars[citation needed]

Upon initial release, Chyna Doll received mixed to positive reviews. 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...".[4] 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."[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album was released on January 26, 1999 and debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at No. 1, making Foxy Brown the second 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 of America.

Promotion[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.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Birth of Foxy Brown"
Foxy Brown 1:28
2. "Chyna Whyte"
  • Marchand
  • Robert Kirkland
Robert "Shim" Kirkland 3:02
3. "My Life"
4:28
4. "Hot Spot" 3:50
5. "Dog & a Fox" (featuring DMX) Swizz Beatz 2:57
6. "JOB" (featuring Mýa)
Charly "Shuga Bear" Charles 3:42
7. "Bomb Ass" Brown 0:59
8. "I Can't" (featuring Total)
Tyrone Fyffe 4:48
9. "Bonnie & Clyde Part II" (featuring Jay Z)
Fyffe 4:51
10. "4-5-6" (featuring Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek)
Bernard "Big Demi" Parker 5:01
11. "Ride (Down South)" (featuring 8Ball & MJG, Juvenile & Too $hort)
  • Marchand
  • Marlon Goodwin
  • Premro Smith
  • Terius Gray
Mo-Suave' House Productions 5:41
12. "Can You Feel Me, Baby" (featuring Pretty Boy)
  • Marchand
  • Gavin Marchand
  • Todd Shaw
  • Bernard Parker
Parker 3:49
13. "Baller Bitch" (featuring Pretty Boy & Too $hort)
  • Marchand
  • G. Marchand
  • Shaw
  • Anthony Moody
D-Moet 3:49
14. "BWA" (featuring Mia X & Gangsta Boo)
  • Irv Gotti
  • Lil Rob
3:26
15. "Tramp"
Fyffe 3:28
16. "Baby Mother" Marchand Brown 1:26
17. "It's Hard Being Wifee" (featuring Noreaga)
Kirkland 4:45
Total length: 61:30
Unreleased songs
  • 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.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999)
  • Peak
  • position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[11] 6
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 42
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 35
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 7
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 18
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 51
US Billboard 200[17] 1
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[18] 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MTV (1999-01-21). "Foxy Brown Goes Coast-To-Coast For "Chyna Doll"". MTV. 
  2. ^ MTV (1998-09-04). "Foxy Brown To Cover Janet Jackson And N.W.A.". MTV. 
  3. ^ MTV (1999-01-19). "Foxy Brown-Fiona Apple Collaboration Scuttled By Schedule, Apple Eyes Work On New Album". MTV. 
  4. ^ a b Promis, Jose F. "Chyna Doll - Foxy Brown". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ Diehl, Matt (January 31, 1999). "Chyna Doll". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ Baker, Soren (January 30, 1999). "Foxy Brown's 'Chyna Doll' Seems to Use Recycled Material". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Chyna Doll - Foxy Brown". Robert Christgau. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ Hüttmann, Oliver (February 3, 1999). "Foxy Brown - Chyna Doll". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  9. ^ Oliver Wang (1999). "Chyna Doll". Amazon. 
  10. ^ MTV (1999-05-19). "R. Kelly/Nas/Foxy Brown Tour Cancels More Dates". AllMusic. 
  11. ^ "Foxy Brown – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Foxy Brown. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Foxy Brown – Chyna Doll" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Foxy Brown – Chyna Doll". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Foxy Brown – Chyna Doll". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Foxy Brown – Chyna Doll". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  16. ^ "Foxy Brown | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  17. ^ "Foxy Brown – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Foxy Brown. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  18. ^ "Foxy Brown – Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart history". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 

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