Monday, January 25, 2010

CD Spotlight - Mary J. Blige - Stronger With Each Tear


Title: Stronger With Each Tear
Author: Mary J. Blige
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Born in the Bronx on January 11, 1971, Blige spent the first few years of her life in Savannah, GA, before moving with her mother and older sister to the Schlobam housing projects in Yonkers, NY. Her rough life there produced more than a few scars, physical and otherwise, and Blige dropped out of high school 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, NY, 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.
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, NY, childhood. (Retrieved 1/24/10 http://www.lyricsyoulove.com/m/mary_j_blige/biography.html)

Her music is timeless and as with wine, it seems to get better in time. Mary J. is the queen of hip hop and no one has been able to remove her from this grace. Many have come and tried, but over and over again she has proven she is here to stay. She has experienced many trials and tribulations, but each triumph she endured, she has come out stronger and better. Her music continues to evolve as she ages and I think this is why she has remained in the music industry for so long. She has learned to adapt to the changes and present music that is current as well as timeless. The CD title clearly speaks for itself.

How many times have we been cheated on or thought about cheating ourselves? Well this song tells you in so many words why it is not a good idea. Take a listen and tell me what you think. Don’t for get to watch the video as well.

Mary J. BligeAin't nobody gonna treat you better
Ain't nobody gonna touch you better
Ain't nobody gonna love you better boy than I am
Than I am (Nobody, nobody) than I am (3x)

Ohh Ain't nobody gonna treat you better than I am

You can try to act single if you wanna
You can go ahead and mingle if you wanna
You can even behave like you don't care
But you know (but you know) like I know (like I know)
That you ain't that foolish
Who you foolin'' You won't ruin
What's been here all along, you ain't movin'
From what you've got at home

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