Friday, April 18, 2008

Foxy Brown: Free At Last!

Foxy Brown was released this morning from Rikers Island after serving eight months of a yearlong sentence for a series of probation violations. The 29-year-old hip-hop star, had been locked up at the Rose M. Singer facility at the New York prison since October. Police were present as Brown made the walk out of the compound to her waiting fleet of vehicles, taking time out to hug and take pictures with the scores of fans and well-wishers who had come to cheer her on. Several bore signs reading "Welcome Home" and T-shirts stating "Free Foxy Brown."

Also present was Brown's mother, along with a hair and makeup artist. For her walk to the car, the rowdy rapper changed into a brown leather jacket and wore a leopard-print scarf over her hair. Brown eventually made her way into the backseat of a chauffeured white Rolls-Royce Phantom and was driven off with a caravan of security and paparazzi behind her.

In September, she was sentenced to 12 months for a series of violations in the wake of her October 2006 guilty plea for misdemeanor assault in a well-publicized 2004 case involving two workers at a Manhattan nail salon. After her plea, Brown was placed on three years' probation. But she couldn't manage to behave herself and repeatedly ticked off officials by leaving the state without the court's permission, getting thrown out of an anger-management program for allegedly threatening a worker and for additional assault allegations after she reportedly hurled a BlackBerry at her Brooklyn neighbor.

As for the rapper's future, she already has at least two projects lined up. First up is filming on an untitled reality show that will chronicle her adjustment back into life as a free woman. Last week, her rep told Billboard she was in talks with several networks for the project, with Vh1 reportedly the frontrunner. Brown is also expected to make some promotional rounds in support of her oft-delayed new album, ''Brooklyn's Don Diva'', due out May 13.

Best of luck to you, and please Foxy, don't do something dumb again.