Foxy's on the loose: Rap diva released from prison after 8 months
BY JOE GOULD, BARRY PADDOCK and HELEN KENNEDY
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Friday, April 18th 2008, 6:16 PM
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She's a free woman. Tempermental rapper Foxy Brown was greeted by family and fans upon her release from Rikers Friday.
Rapper Foxy Brown got out of the Big House today and said she was heading straight for God's house.
"The first place I want to go is church. I've got to get on my knees," Brown said.
The Brooklyn diva was greeted by family and fans outside Riker's Island this afternoon when she was released after serving eight months for attacking nail stylists over a $20 manicure.
Brown, 29, who was born Inga Marchand, was sentenced to three years' probation in October 2006. But a judge packed her off to jail when he decided she wasn't taking her probation seriously after she hit a woman in the face with a cell phone, threw hair glue and spat at a Queens store worker.
Brown left Riker's Island in a white Rolls Royce Phantom thanks to Councilman Charles Barron, who brought her out in style instead of the public bus that usually ferries released inmates to a parking lot.
Brown plans to use the hoopla around her release to hype her first album since 2001. "Brooklyn's Don Diva" is due out May 13. She also wants to launch a new reality TV series.
Wearing a Fendi kerchief and a leather jacket, she greeted excited fans and jostling photographers, hugged loved ones and squealed in happiness.
She thanked her mom, God and her lawyer - in that order - before hopping back in the Rolls.
The rapper has a long history of temper tantrums.
In October, she was punished at Riker's with 76 days in isolation after getting into a shoving match with another inmate and refusing to undergo a drug test.
In January, she asked for early release to treat an ear condition she feared could threaten her hearing.
"Yes, I've made some bad choices and stupid mistakes. But please understand that sitting in a prison with murderers and criminals is not rehabilitating or what I need to deal with my inner issues," Brown wrote in a four-page handwritten letter to Judge Melissa Jackson.
Brown became the first female rap artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her 1999 album "Chyna Doll."