June 8, 2023

Mary J. Blige – Queen Of The Hip-Hop Collabo

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For three decades, Yonkers native, Mary J Blige has not only more than lived to the title, The Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul given to her by Puff Daddy, she has been the voice of the hood, soundtrack for generations of sistahs going through it and has created a body of work that surpasses time.

Don’t call it a comeback, she’s been here for years and have graced the stage and records with some of the greats of our generation. For her part in combining hip-hop and soul since, the early-1990s its subsequent commercial success, Blige received the Legends Award at the World Music Awards. Blige also received the Voice of Music Award from music publishing company ASCAP. Her music has been the voice of inspiration to women worldwide in both struggle and triumph. Blige made Time magazine’s “Time 100” list of influential individuals around the world in 2007.

She has released 11 studio albums and made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks. Winner of nine Grammy Awards, and recipient of thirty Grammy nominations, eight of MJB’s albums have reached multi-platinum status. My Life, in particular, is considered among the greatest albums ever recorded according to Rolling Stone, Time, and Vibe.

As of 2013, Blige has sold more than 50 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide. Today, Black Westchester take a look at some of MJB’s greatest hip-hop collabos. Each one takes you back to a place in your life when you can remember exactly where you were, what you were going through or dealing with and how in her sharing her pain, joy or whatever she was facing at the time helped many of us get through what we had to deal with. Such a feat is rare in today’s black music.

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George Frazier April 13, 2016 at 1:26 PM

thanks BW for this 914 piece, I’m proud and honored to see our hip-hop artists get their due. Thanks for the story about 914 contributing to the world stage of the hip-hop arena. Well deserved indeed.
Georgie B. Frazier 2016

Akilah September 18, 2015 at 7:52 PM

Good list! Can’t Knock the Hustle should’ve been #2 though

J HATCH July 3, 2014 at 11:33 PM

That Meth & Mary joint is my favorite Mary J collaboration as well AJ. Great piece, keep em comin.
This is my new favorite site and I don’t even live in Westchester


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