The R&B queen speaks about 'My Life II,' her rap alter ego and more in this special Billboard.com/Amercican Express Press Pass interview.
|Over the course of her 20-year career, Mary J. Blige has blossomed from a raw, street-wise Yonkers teen into one of the most celebrated and successful artists in R&B music history. But the transition was not an easy one, as Blige discussed in an intimate video conversation with Billboard.com's M. Tye Comer ( @mtye), filmed in conjunction with American Express Press Pass.|
"On the very first 'My Life' album, we weren't strong at all," Blige says, relating the differences between her 1994 sophomore album and her most recent effort, 'My Life II: The Journey Continues,' which was released in Novemebr 2011. "I felt like it was time for people to understand how strong we are and how far we've come.
"Music used to say 'I understand. . . I know exactly what you're going through.' People need that. I feel like there's a drought of that right now, and I want to consistently give that to the world."
"I would say to my younger self, don't be afraid, it's gonna be alright," she said.