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Adelaide Now: Proud R&B Queen is no saint

January 29, 2011

HIP-HOP and R&B queen Mary J Blige has learned to embrace and be inspired by her own survival story. 

MARY J. Blige beat the street.

She was raised in the projects in Yonkers, New York, and overcame poverty, abuse, self-esteem issues and drug and alcohol dependence.

She also claims to have suffered physical beatings from former boyfriend, singer K-Ci Hailey.

Her first album, What's The 411?, a sly amalgam of hip-hop beats and melodic soul, overseen by Sean Combs (before he was Puff Daddy), sparked a generation of imitators.

Blige's next album, My Life, was the first of her confessional records.

Here, Blige writes her story in her own words:

I USED TO THINK I WAS UGLY

I thought I looked like a camel. A person who doesn't love themselves, they will see anything that pops up on their face. I've seen squirrels, I've seen a bird, I've seen all kinds of animals on my face. But that is the result of self-hate. I've learned to say: "You know what? I am a beautiful black woman."

MY MUSIC COMES FROM A PLACE OF WHERE I AM IN LIFE.

It's from that perspective the ups, the downs, the good times, the bad times, the triumphs and victorious times, the trials and tribulations. Life is about life, man. If you're not dead, you're going through all the motions.

MY SECOND ALBUM, MY LIFE, WAS A LETTER ON WAX THAT SAID "I'M SUFFERING".

And four million people men and women responded by saying: "Me, too."

PUFF AND I ARE SO MUCH ALIKE.

But he was very smart and could always foresee things things that were going to be successful. I was on the shelf for a long time. Back then, it was about Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. I was street. But the record company wasn't going to release me. They shelved me. Puff saw something in me and put together an album that proved everybody wrong.

I BEAT ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE AND DRUG ADDICTION.

A lot happened to me during my childhood. As I got older, these things resurfaced. In order to deal with it and in order to cope without it hurting so bad, I drowned it in alcohol and drugs. It lessened the pain for that moment. I started at 16 years old. By the time I got into the music business, it was bigger than me. I overcame an abusive relationship by learning to love myself.

- Raggamuffin Festival (Mary J. Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, Sean Paul and more), Thebarton Theatre, Wednesday. Book at Ticketmaster.

 A great and inspiring article. Knowing these words came from Mary J. Blige,  It's nothing but pure honesty. Mary isn't about making hits, she's here to save lives!

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/ipad/proud-rb-queen-mary-is-no-saint/story-fn6br97j-1225996625823 

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