Chart Rewind: Foxy Brown Bagged Her First & Only Hot 100 Top 10 with ‘I’ll Be’ This Week in 1997

Published: Friday 26th Mar 2021 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective segments, ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay,’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our latest feature –  Chart Rewind – serves as a variation of our Retro Rewind assay to salute an entire era of music history.

This week, it’ll be Foxy Brown‘s 1997 hit ‘I’ll Be’ we nod.  Join us inside:

Foxy Brown is regarded as one of the illest female rappers to ever grace a microphone, a compliment the Don Diva earned early in her career thanks to the critical acclaim afforded to her debut album, ‘I’ll Na Na’ (1996).

Recorded when Brown was just 17-years-old, the fiery femcee unleashed the project just two months after garnering moderate buzz for her debut single – September 1996’s ‘Get Me Home’ (featuring Blackstreet).  Blessed with beauty and musical brawn, it came as surprise to few when the then-rising star unveiled the song’s Jay-Z-assisted follow-up – ‘I’ll Be’ – that she blew into the Hip Hop stratosphere. The Trackmasters-produced tune – which featured penmanship and a co-starring role from Jay – was armed with an ample sample of René & Angela‘s 1985 classic, ‘I’ll Be Good,’ making it instantly recognizable.  Once Brown’s braggadocious bars, sass, and undeniable chemistry with Jay was added to the pot, ‘I’ll Be’ contained an instant recipe for success.

Released March 4, 1997, ‘I’ll Be’ soared to the top 10 on the Hot 100 less than a month after its arrival thanks to strong radio airplay and promotion courtesy of a Brett Ratner-directed music video.  Found at #7 this week that year, the chart triumph not only stands as Foxy’s career peak on the tally but also her first and last top 10 hit (to date).

When the dust settled, ‘Be’ may not have earned GRAMMY love but it did go on to be certified GOLD by the RIAA and stands as one of the greatest female Rap songs ever produced.

Look below to see who joined her in the top 25 on this week’s Chart Rewind:

Hot 100 This Week in 1997

 

Hot 100 This Week

 

Click here to see this week’s full chart recap via our weekly ‘TGJ Chart Check.’

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  1. 1988 March 26, 2021

    Yaaaass Def Jams baby girl. ❤️

  2. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) March 26, 2021

    That’s Jay-Z’s first h o e before Beyoncé, Rihanna etc💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿

  3. Payola and Sympathyy March 26, 2021

    Lil Kim only has 4 Top 10 hits and 17 billboard Entries.

    • Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 March 26, 2021

      And yet she’s still the Queen and has more flavor than LIFESAVERS lol 💯 Your point? 💋
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBKAxeyTOnc
      👑 🐝

      • Shayla Queen 👑 March 26, 2021

        I’m the Queen you trashy ashy bish. Bow down 🙇🏿‍♀️ I wear the crown 👑

      • Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 March 26, 2021

        That Burger King crown you have on your head lmaoooo

      • Shayla Queen 👑 March 26, 2021

        I said what I said. You desperate tramp.

  4. Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 March 26, 2021

    Classic! 🎶 Foxy was on absolute FIRE in 1996, releasing instant classics….bop after bop! 💯 And she was just a teenager……the TALENT 🥰
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52ZA-I1gNqk
    I’m bout to cry lol 😭🔥

    • Shayla Queen 👑 March 26, 2021

      Knew your old saggy ass would drag it’s half dead self to this post from the 90s talking about “flavor.” What a boring predictable bish 💯

    • Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 March 26, 2021

      And see, THIS is why I don’t LIKE YOU….your NO FLAVOR having ass never stops to think! I said I’m about to cry because Foxy suffered from a loss of hearing! Thank God she was able to be talented and very successful at a young age! God had a plan for HER and still does 💯 You’re trying to be an artist? HA, you will NEVER be successful until you get that HATE out your heart! Back to the flavor!

      • Shayla Queen 👑 March 26, 2021

        You’re a whöre from the 90s! *Porsha Williams voice* 💯🤣🤳🏽

      • Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 March 26, 2021

        What the hell does “having ass never stops to think” mean? Someone needs a spell and grammar check, dummy!

    • 1988 March 26, 2021

      Yaaas Touch Me, Tease Me is that love right there. ❤️ Foxys flow and delivery is legendary. Period. 👑

      • Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 March 26, 2021

        Yaaaaaaas ✅💯

  5. Mr RCW March 26, 2021

    Love me some Fox!!!

  6. YAHUSHA IS COMING March 26, 2021

    SHEESH look at that chart! Full of bangers! Man I miss the 90s

  7. Flex March 26, 2021

    Please edit this article

  8. Brenda March 26, 2021

    Lil Kim and Nicki’s LESSOR

  9. Whyye n bllacc bitchezz 23 copycat grammy March 26, 2021

    .. Fox Boogie Brown is bad as hell…fox brox brown vz remy……the firm vx terror squad

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