In 1994, Mary J. Blige released "My Life," a breakthrough album chronicling her inner struggles while catapulting her to superstardom as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul. In celebration of this milestone, we gathered nine dynamic male artists to record re-imaginings of their favorite "My Life" songs for "Men Love Mary: A Tribute to 'My Life,'" a digital EP presented by SoulBounce. The EP is hosted by one of Bad Boy's legendary "Hitmen," Chucky Thompson, who was a key producer on the "My Life" album.
"My Life" was a pivotal point in Mary's career where her voice shined as a beacon of hope and understanding to men and women all over the world. "Men Love Mary: A Tribute to 'My Life'" offers a fresh perspective from Eric Roberson, Jesse Boykins III, Slakah the Beatchild, Nino Moschella, Bradd Marquis, TL Cross, Darien, D Maurice, Fave and Siik--a new generation of artists inspired by her sincerity, longevity and artistry. "My Life" was about Mary's relationship with one man, and now many men have reinterpreted these songs in an effort to pay tribute to an artist who has given us so much of herself.
released December 2, 2009
Kimberly A. Hines