CAN YOU BELIEVE it’s been 24 years since the RELEASE of Mary J. Blige’s CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED album ‘My Life’. Her SECOND album was released on November 29, 1994 by Uptown Records.
Many of the topics on My Life deal with clinical depression, Blige’s battling with both drugs and alcohol, as well as being in an abusive relationship. Unlike her debut, What’s the 411? Blige co-wrote fourteen of the album’s tracks, making it her most introspective and personal album at the time. Similar to her debut album, My Life features vast production from Sean “Puffy” Combs for his newly founded label, Bad Boy Entertainment, which was at the time backed by Arista Records.
Considered to be her breakthrough album, My Life became Mary J. Blige’s second album to reach the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at number seven, and debuting at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for eight weeks. In 1996, the album was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 38th Grammy Awards, while in December of the same year, the album was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of three million copies in the United States. It also won the 1995 Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Album.
EVERYBODY remembers where they were when this CLASSIC dropped. Fans around the world can find at least one song that directly SPEAKS to them. The album was a breakthrough for Blige, who at this point was in a clinical depression, battling both drugs and alcohol- as well as being in an abusive relationship with K-Ci Hailey,which was reported in several tabloids. In this period, Blige would once again dominate the charts with her singles: the Top 40 hit “Be Happy”, a cover version of “I’m Goin’ Down” and “You Bring Me Joy”. The album uses primary soul samples from R&B musicians such as Curtis Mayfield, Roy Ayers, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Rick James, and his protégés, the Mary Jane Girls.
‘Im Going Down’
‘Mary Jane/All Night Long-You Bring Me Joy’ Medley