Froback Friday is a weekly feature of a music video from the platinum age of hip hop. 1998-2003, when rap was truly crossing over into the mainstream and I was regularly attending middle school dances.
Foxy Brown’s “Big Bad Mamma” appeared on the soundtrack to Def Jam’s How to Be a Player as well as the reissue of her debut album, Ill Na Na. Both of which came out in 1997, which is outside the general parameters of this column, but #whocares. How to Be a Player was the original “Paranoid,” where the lead lothario Bill Bellamy is set up by his sister and her friend inviting all his women to a single party. The video for the soundtrack single featuring Dru Hill, however, takes its cues from the classic tale of Cinderella.
Foxy Brown’s evil (step) sisters Vivica A. Fox and Mari Morrow are out at a ball, set to meet up with Bellamy and then-Washington Bullet Chris Webber. The sisters call Foxy to remind her to do their chores and that she can’t come out with them. Laying on the couch in a robe with her hair up, Foxy is in need of a gown, or at least fresh “gear.” Magically, her fairy godmother Stephon Marbury appears in a new jack suit and shades, offering up outfits at the flick of a finger, but making her promise to be back before 4 am, lest her Porsche turn into a hoo ride.
On her way to the party with scenes of Dru Hill in choreographed camo and the Carl Carlton sample, Foxy raps about wearing sheer shirts with no bra almost two decades before Rihanna in Paris. So of course she’s the belle of the ball, ripping Bellamy away from her sister without even glancing in his direction. But it’s late, and Foxy rushes home, leaving a glass pump on the front steps of the establishment for a trailing Bill Bellamy to find. And sniff.