20111122-102733.jpg(17) years ago, Mary J. Blige made history with her second solo release. “My Life,” which was and still is a Hip-Hop classic & anthem. The album was mostly produced by a then. Sean “Puffy” Combs, aka P. Diddy, Diddy…..etc. Puffy & his Bad-Boy henchmen laced Mary’s album with samples from some of the great R&B songs of the 80’s. Mary sang about love, pain & heartache, and it became her trade mark for years.

After 2001’s “No more Drama” Mary married, became international and sang with the likes of U2, Elton John and Sting. Mary became a spokes woman, and a endorsement mistress. Some felt that Mary was losing her edge, but Mary continued on her journey opting to sing about happiness. These were the things that were filling her life, instead of drugs, and physical abuse.

November 21st 2011, Mary J. Blige returns with “My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1.)” The albums is laced with samples, but Mary’s powerful voice shines through. Instead of Puffy’s street influenced beats, we have Mary J. Blige herself executive producing. She’s also enlisted a new group of producers and writers on this album:
Jerry Duplessis, Arden Altino, The Underdogs, Danja, Bangladesh, Drumma Boy, Darkchild, Eric Hudson, Jim Jonsin, Rico Love, Swizz Beatz, StarGate, Ryan Leslie, Sean Garrett, BridgeTown, soundz.

My Life II…also has some rap veterans and new stars aboard. The “NASTY” Queens rapper Nas is on the first track “Feel inside” Busta Rhymes joins Mary on “Next Level”, while Canada’s wonder boy DRAKE, spits on “Mr. Wrong.” Florida rapper Rick Ross Tha’ Boss joins Mary on “Why”. Beyonce duets with Mary on
“Love a Woman”. This is Mary’s second time doing a duet, with a woman since 1999’s MARY album, and that was with Aretha Franklin.
This album is still a solid album, with or without the cameos. Mary can and has stood her ground over her previous (9) studio albums. It is a blessing to see the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” still killing the game, and standing on her thrown.

My life…II is not to be compared, but it’s a separate album, with a totally different message. (10) albums later, and Mary J. Blige still has a story to be told.