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Mary J. Blige

When her debut album, What's the 411?, hit the street in 1992, critics and fans alike were floored by its powerful combination of modern R&B with an edgy rap sound that glanced off of the pain and grit of Mary J. Blige's Yonkers, New York childhood. Called alternately the new Chaka Khan or new Aretha Franklin, Blige had little in common stylistically with either of those artists, but like them, she helped adorn soul music with new textures and flavors that inspired a whole generation of musicians. With her blonde hair, self-preserving slouch, and combat boots, Blige was street-tough and beautiful all at once, and the record company execs who profited off of her early releases did little to dispel the bad-girl image that she earned as she stumbled through the dizzying first days of her career. As she exorcized her personal demons and softened her style to include sleek designer clothes, she remained a hero to thousands of girls growing up in the same kinds of rough places she came from. Blige reinvented her career again and again by shedding the bad habits and bad influences that kept her down; by the time her fourth album, Mary, was released in 1999, she had matured into an expressive singer able to put the full power of her voice behind her music, while still reflecting a strong urban style. With her fifth album, No More Drama, it wasn't just Blige's style that shone through the structures set up for her by songwriters and producers, it was her own vision -- spiritual, emotional, personal, and full of wisdom, it reflected an artist who was comfortable with who she was and how far she had come.

Born in the Bronx on January 11, 1971, Blige spent the first few years of her life in Savannah, Georgia before moving with her mother and older sister to the Schlobam housing projects in Yonkers, New York. Her rough life there produced more than a few scars, physical and otherwise, and Blige dropped out of high school during her junior year, instead spending time doing her friends' hair in her mother's apartment and hanging out. When she was at a local mall in White Plains, New York, she recorded herself singing Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" into a karaoke machine. The resulting tape was passed by Blige's stepfather to Uptown Records CEO Andre Harrell. Harrell was impressed with Blige's voice and signed her to sing backup for local acts like Father MC. In 1991, however, Sean "Puffy" Combs took Blige under his wing and began working with her on What's the 411?, her debut album. Combs had a heavy hand in What's the 411?, along with producers Dave Hall, Mark Morales, and Mark Rooney, and the stylish touches that they added to Blige's unique vocal style created a stunning album that bridged the gap between R&B and rap in a way that no female singer had before. Uptown tried to capitalize on the success of What's the 411? by issuing a remixed version of it a year later, but it was only a modest success creatively and commercially.

Her 1995 follow-up, My Life, again featured Combs' handiwork, and if it stepped back stylistically from its urban roots by featuring less of a rap sound, it made up for it with its subject matter. My Life was full of ghetto pathos and Blige's own personal pain shone through like a beacon. Her rocky relationship with fellow Uptown artist K-Ci Hailey likely contributed to the raw emotions on the album. The period following the recording of My Life was also a difficult time professionally for Blige, as she severed her ties with Combs and Uptown, hired Suge Knight as a financial advisor, and signed with MCA.

Released in 1997, Share My World marked the beginning of Blige's creative partnerships with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The album was another hit for Blige and debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. Critics soured somewhat on its more conventional soul sound, but Blige's fans seemed undaunted. By the time her next studio album, Mary, came out in 1999, the fullness and elegance of her new sound seemed more developed, as Blige exuded a classic soul style aided by material from Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Stevie Wonder, and Lauryn Hill. Mary made it obvious that the ghetto-fabulous style and more confrontational aspects of her music were gone, while the emotive power still remained.

That power also helped carry the more modern-sounding 2001 release No More Drama, a deeply personal album that remained a collective effort musically yet reflected more of Blige's songwriting than any of her previous efforts. The Mary J. Blige on No More Drama seemed miles away from the flashy kid on What's the 411?, yet it was still possible to see the path through her music that produced an older, wiser, but still expressive artist. In 2003 she was reunited with P. Diddy, who produced the majority of that year's patchy Love and Life album. The Breakthrough followed two years later and was a tremendous success, spawning a handful of major singles. By the December 2006 release of Reflections (A Retrospective), The Breakthrough's lead single, "Be Without You," had spent nearly a year on the R&B chart, while the album's fifth single, "Take Me as I Am," had been on the same chart for over four months.

A year later Blige came out with her eighth studio album, Growing Pains. It was her third consecutive studio album to top both the Billboard 200 and the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. While on tour with Robin Thicke during 2008, Blige began working on Stronger with Each Tear, which was released near the end of the following year and came one spot short of topping the Billboard 200. My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1), previewed through the Eric Hudson-produced single "25/8," followed in 2011 with appearances from Beyoncé, Drake, Rick Ross, and Busta Rhymes. Like her previous nine studio albums, it reached gold status. (Her first eight surpassed gold to reach either platinum or multi-platinum status.) Her first holiday album, A Mary Christmas, was released in 2013.

Early in 2014, she linked with Disclosure for an alternate version of the U.K. dance-production duo's single "F for You." A few months later, Blige -- supported by extensive assistance from the-Dream and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, as well as a few other associates -- provided the soundtrack to the comedy Think Like a Man Too. It entered the Billboard Top 200 at number 30 and also reached the Top Ten on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. Released on Epic, rather than on her home label, it didn't receive the typical level of promotion for a Blige album and, as a result, sold significantly less than her prior releases. Inspired by Disclosure and other genre-blurring singer/songwriters and producers who were emerging from the U.K., she recorded her 13th album in London that summer with the likes of Sam Smith, Naughty Boy, and Emeli Sandé, as well as Disclosure once more. The London Sessions, her first album for Capitol, was released that November. ~ Stacia Proefrock, Rovi
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kayla_hart
I love me like kase
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In not cry, not shed no tear,,,,
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TEAMMJB!!
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This was my ish.
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I absolutely love me some Mary J. Blige
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Mary is the most amazing woman in the music industry. She's been there her lyric s have been a very big influence in my own healing process. I wish i could meet her just to say thanks.
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Zeniafinley @aol.com I love Pandora
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neejiah
Mary why won't you discuss your scar under your eye so many women can relate to having scars of a rough life you show how you evolved your fans may still be in troubled times just to relate to an angel like you would be like touching the hem of Jesus garment. Like you i can't get rid of my scar but i live to be better than my scar but that doesn't always happen just wanted you to know that women can use a life line
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Don't Mind!
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Gee thanks. You're the greatest!
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I love all of your songs and you always look beautiful
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I love her music
Brings me back to the olden days
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I love her so much she's the best
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Good ol' school jam. Jodeci boots!!!!!
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mayp001
love mary.
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This is why i love MJB ( I Am )....This is to u?
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U know i love music ( Just Fine)
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Yes Mary tell'em, this is my s**t cause it's so true. Watch her back and protect her crown. Another woman should never know something about your man that his b**ch doesn't know.
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Ok by me....
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jordiebanane r z
U go girl
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hayl
She worked real hard tone true to herself, most together singer I've seen, love her style.
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Mary j. Blige can't be without u
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Too hard to fake nothing can replace call the radio if u can't be without your baby
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Love u Mrs. Blige.
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Mary J you have been my girl since day one
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I love all your songs
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Ms Mary j I love u
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Lil bro where u at .. Imiss u
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I taught my daughters not to cry over no man lil boy whatever they not gone do it..lesson taught.
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I love all Mary's music ����������
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Dedicated Sing It!!
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I love all of your songs I wish I was in your music video I wish I was in all of them.:-) ♥
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Mary I love your style that informs the world that youre just a real plain soft lady with an lifelived rough exterior earned by standing through the trials tribulations hurtles and crossroads you n I have had to flow through holding our peace when GOD led us through even having to shut off everything for our own self replenishmen t of our spirit n heart strenght im mrs marla in wilm de hit me if you know GOD knows you n me keep standing in the armour hes built for us to handle our journey till
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I like her song I am
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My favorite song
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My other favorite song is A New Song To Sing.
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One of the most talented singer's that came out in the 90s and now, Gigi King of dakotasdocup r e p . c o m loves Mary J for life
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that the s**t to me I love boys 2 men
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Mary you my girl and really love you and your music!!!!!
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Logad. Ladies. Of. Grace. And dignity. Nyc
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Love im not going to cry by mary j.blige.
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What tf?
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Porn
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www.sex.com
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She sucks I'm not kidding
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Xoxo!
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That song is tight
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Run away love is the best song I ave ever heard and my brother really doesn't like that song because the fact that its called run away love but I love that song and will always love that song no matter what anyone say that song makes me happy when I'm sad so I really really love that!!!!!!!! x o x o x o x o x o x
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Never to get Huryt Again, that was a great CD
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