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Lil Kim’s protege Tiffany Foxx talks focus, fashion and industry fakes

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Tiffany Foxx fought hard to get here.

The St. Louis native started her hip-hop career as one-third of the trio June 5th, and while the all-girl rap group was focused on breaking big, things could never quite get off the ground. The frustration of that experience left Foxx with a tough decision. “That was kind of emotional,” Foxx admits. “We had gotten to a point where we had exceeded all of our avenues. I was still hungry for the situation and they kind were over it.” Foxx’s conflict regarding breaking out on her own was understandable, but ultimately unfounded. “I didn’t want to go solo without their blessing. Then one day, Brooke, who is my manager, was like, ‘We’re going to give up the group and I’m just going to manage you.’” Foxx was shocked by the proposal, but it worked and now, she’s carrying the torch while her former bandmates work to help launch her into superstardom. “If I eat, they eat,” Foxx explains. “They’re heavily involved in my project.”

That kind of loyalty is at the core of who Tiffany Foxx is and how she approaches her career. The stylish rhymer with the “street couture” persona is making waves as a solo artist. Her mixtape, “Goaldigger (Goals On Another Level): Introducing Black Goaldilocks” is set to drop in late May and she’s come under the tutelage of one of the most iconic female rappers of all time. “Lil Kim has been genuine from day one,” explains Foxx. “It’s not a relationship that was forced or thrown together. It’s something that organically happened. We were always in the same place at the same time and I always felt that connection. At first, I didn’t know what to expect but she has embraced me so much and I love her to death. She’s like a big sister to me.”

“She’s a woman of her word–and that’s rare,” Tiffany adds. “I look at the industry like the streets a lot. But it’s a little more cutthroat. People will hide behind their title or their paperwork or politics. Everything she’s said she was going to do, she’s done that.”

The biggest lesson Foxx has learned about the industry thus far is not to let things get to her too easily. “I used to be very sensitive to what people thought and I used to want to appease everybody,” she shares. “But in this industry you learn not to take things personally.” Her experiences with both Kim and her old group have also reminded Tiffany that togetherness and loyalty are important. “Being in a group with other females has definitely showed me how to bond and showed me unity.”

And that approach has served her well. Now, Tiffany stands to take her place among the hip-hop elite. She has the sound and the style, with her unique fashion sense becoming as much a hallmark as her brazenly honest music.

“At one point, people didn’t understand my fashion,” Foxx recalls. “I’m in the Midwest and I’d get stuff from New York or LA or down South and try to wear it all. I wanted to incorporate my fashion into my music because it’s a part of my identity.” With all that she’s done, Foxx knows how far she has to go and she’s ready for the work it will take to get there. “[You can’t] think just because you have a hot song or a budget that everything is going to come to you,” she says. “You’re going to have to work for everything. You can never take a break or get relaxed or comfortable. Work ethic is everything.”

“I love my fans to death,” she says with a laugh. “They know I’m crazy! They know I’m going to go on a social network and vent. Whether I’m supposed to or not. They just love me for me [and] they are heavily involved in my creative process. Like babies and old people, they don’t want nothing from you except who you are.”