Foxy Brown has officially parted ways with her manager Chaz Williams, just days after her official return to the rap scene with the release of her new album, BrooklynÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Don Diva,
According to the rapper, the dismissal stems from her dissatisfaction over the handling of the Brooklyn Don Diva album, which Brown said was “compiled without her approval” during her recent eight-month stint in jail RikerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Island for violating her probation.
Despite anticipation running high for BrooklynÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Don Diva, the rapper revealed that the album was much less that what she wanted to give her fans.
“I heard this CD in its entirety for the first time just days ago and was devastated,” Brown told AllHipHop.com in a statement “Riddled with grief over an album that was seemingly so carelessly orchestrated, I sat down with the president of Koch to come to a decision on how to make the best of this situation. In another phase of my life and career, I would have dealt with this situation with litigation, but for the benefit of my fans and in the wake of the profound spiritual cleansing I recently underwent in prison, I made the decision to settle our creative differences amicably. My fans have waited seven years for an in-store release and deserve my very best.”
News of the termination was made official on Tuesday (May 13) as Williams, who managed Brown since 2007, confirmed the rumored split during an interview on RockMeTV.comÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s The Roundtable.
“I no longer represent Foxy Brown,” the Black Hand Entertainment CEO said as he acknowledged the support he gave the rapper as her main spokesperson while she was in jail. “I stayed with her throughout the prison situation. I was there through her whole incarceration. It was time for both of us to split and move on,” Williams continued, offering no additional details on the reason behind the split.
BrownÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s BrooklynÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Don Diva, which hit stores on Tuesday (May 13) was the first release for Black Hand under a new deal with Koch.
The alliance between the labels was established last Summer, following the rap divaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s departure from Def Jam, her label home of 13 years.
In the meantime, Brown is moving forward with plans to re-release BrooklynÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Don Diva with “five new records, videos, publicity, mass marketing and promotion,” according to the rapper.
The album is intended to be a “mixtape street album” that will precede her long-awaited fourth studio album Black Roses.
“I am of a certain pedigree, and, I have an obligation to my fans to deliver the level of product my brand is accustomed to,” Foxy Brown told AllHipHop.com. “In order to preserve my artistic integrity, the new release will have my stamp of approval and fingerprints all over it. Going independent was a great business decision and I believe Koch and I will deliver the biggest street album in female rap history.”
Foxy BrownÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s BrooklynÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Don Diva is slated to be re-released next month by Brown and Koch Records.