No. 29 – Mary J Blige

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Why MJB? Why MJB? People asked me around the time I was doing this.

Well, here’s least one good reason…

That’s why

Sound and production at this level filters out and back and forth with the underground and the scenes inform and influence each other. Once a song like this hits it immediately appears ‘obvious’ but it wasn’t and it isn’t.

Because… sometimes music reaches such heights of perfection that you just have to submit to it. Here’s an excerpt from the Wikpedia article on her:

In 1992, Blige released her first album, What’s the 411? Her 1994 album My Life is among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and Time magazine’s All-Time 100 Albums. She received a Legends Award at the World Music Awards in 2006, and the Voice of Music Award from ASCAP in 2007. Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the past 25 years. In 2017, Billboard magazine named her 2006 song “Be Without You” as the most successful R&B/Hip-Hop song of all time, as it spent an unparalleled 15 weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and over 75 weeks on the chart. In 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time. ln 2012, VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in “The 100 Greatest Women in Music” list.

If there isn’t a place for musicians this good on the list then please devise your own and paint your choices 🙂

Portrait progress, helpfully in random order, thanks to Google Photos’ collage algorithm
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