Hip Hop Ladies Night – Classic Album Review – Foxy Brown_ill Na Na

Ill Na Na

Studio album by Foxy Brown

Released – November 19, 1996
Recorded – 1996
Genre – East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length – 45:15
Label – Def Jam/Violator
Producer – Poke and Tone, Rich Nice, Charly Charles, China Black, Divine Allah, George Pearson, Teddy Riley

Foxy Brown chronology

Ill Na Na

(1996)The Firm: The Album

Professional ratings
Review scores



Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]


Ill Na Na is the debut album by American rapper Foxy Brown. It was released in the United States on November 19, 1996, and on September 29, 1997[4] in the United Kingdom. The album spawned Brown’s first hit single, “I’ll Be”, featuring hip-hop artist Jay-Z. The album has sold over a million copies in the United States.

Album history

Brown went into the recording studio in 1996 to record her debut studio album. The album featured guest appearances by Blackstreet, Havoc, Method Man, Kid Capri, and Jay-Z with a majority of the production by the Trackmasters. Ill Na Na produced two hit singles, “Get Me Home” featuring Blackstreet, and “I’ll Be” featuring Jay-Z. Ill Na Na was re-released in 1997.

The song “I’ll Be” was ranked number 52 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

Track listing

“Intro…Chicken Coop – 3:17
“(Holy Matrimony) Letter to The Firm” – 3:26
“Foxy’s Bells” – 3:20
“Get Me Home” (featuring Blackstreet) – 3:49
“The Promise” (featuring Havoc) – 4:20
“Interlude…The Set Up” – 1:00
“If I…” – 3:42
“The Chase” – 3:18
“Ill Na Na” (featuring Method Man) – 3:06
“No One’s” – 3:32
“Fox Boogie” (featuring Kid Capri) – 3:06
“I’ll Be” (featuring Jay-Z) – 2:58
“Outro” – 0:42
1997 re -release
“Big Bad Mamma” (featuring Dru Hill)
Samples and covers
Track 3.) “Foxy’s Bells”

Cover of “Rock the Bells” by LL Cool J.

Track 4.) “Get Me Home”

Cover of “Gotta Get You Home Tonight” by Eugene Wilde.

Track 10.) “No One’s”

Contains an interpolation of “No One’s Gonna Love You” by SOS Band.

Track 12.) “I’ll Be”

Contains a sample of “I’ll Be Good” by René & Angela.

Track 14.) “Big Bad Mamma”

Cover of “She’s a Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built, She’s Stacked)” by Carl Carlton.

Commercial reception

Ill Na Na was released on November 19, 1996 in the United States and debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at No. 7. The album debuted at No. 2 position on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Charts, and was certified platinum by the RIAA within three months of its release.[5] According to SoundScan, the album has sold 1.5 million in the United States. It also received a gold certification by the CRIA. “I’ll Be” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard singles chart. The album has sold over 3.7 million copies worldwide.

Charts and certifications

Chart (1996)Peakposition

Billboard 2007

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums2



United StatesPlatinum (RIAA)
CanadaGold (CRIA)

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