November 19, 1996 - Foxy Brown released her debut album, Ill Na Na. The album produced two hit singles, "Get Me Home" featuring Blackstreet, and "I'll Be" featuring Jay-Z.
The album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 position on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts with 109,000 copies sold in its first week. The album was certified 1x platinum by the RIAA within three months of its release. According to SoundScan, the album has sold 1.5 million in the United States.
Brown began working on the album after being discovered by the production team Trackmasters and appearing on a number of singles by other artists, such as LL Cool J, Case and Jay Z. The immediate success of the singles led to a bidding war at the beginning of 1996, and in March, Def Jam Recordings won and signed the then 17-year-old rapper to the label. Mostly produced by Trackmasters, Ill Na Na features guest appearances from Blackstreet, Havoc, Method Man, Kid Capri and Jay Z. Lyrically, the album mainly focuses on themes of fashion, sex and mafia.
Released exactly one week after Lil' Kim's debut album Hard Core, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics, heavily comparing the two albums. Ill Na Na debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 with 109,000 copies sold in its first week. It has sold over a million copies and was certified platinum by the RIAA and over 3 million copies worldwide.
Get Me Home, is the first single from Ill Na Na. The song peaked at number 42 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts and number 10 on the U.S. Billboard R&B charts.
I'll Be, was the second single released from Ill Na Na, produced by the Trackmasters and featuring Jay-Z. Released on March 4, 1997, "I'll Be" quickly became a huge hit, peaking at 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, at the time becoming both Foxy Brown and Jay-Z's highest charting single. Two months after its release on May 2, "I'll Be" was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 copies. To date it remains Foxy Brown's only solo top 40 single and her only to earn a certification.
Shout out to my friend and former co-worker, @iamjazzyoung! She was the marketing guru behind Foxy's solo debut smash project!
"Mix the high octane sugar rush of a Café con leche with the no-non sense stomping of the NY's ska underground snd you got the wicked shot on goal that is King Changó..."
This is the band's first press bio that featured a comic designed by José Andrew Blanco and fellow band member Miguel Oldenburg (guitar).
Blanquito Man in addition to being an amazing performer, was also a skilled graphic designer who created/envisioned most of King Changó's visual elements and album covers.
Both of King Changó's albums were released by Luaka Bop, the record label started by David Byrne.
Blanquito Man has left a rich legacy for us.