Mary J. Blige's "What's the 411?" Turns 20!!
Back on June 28, 1992, Mary J. Blige released her album What’s the 411? and, really, it was one of those landmark albums that everyone was talking about. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since it came out but the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is celebrating that incredible milestone in her career.
With songs like "You Remind Me" and "Real Love," Blige told the story of her life and romances and listeners soaked it all in. The album was certified triple platinum and earned a #1 spot on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart in 1992.
In talking about it, Blige said: "Wow, I mean to celebrate that accomplishment of the 20th anniversary of What's the 411?... it means everything because it was the beginning of everything that I do. It was the beginning of the 20-year career span that I have. Just the longevity and the fanbase and the building of that."
Diddy, who was Puffy or Puff Daddy back in those days, was the executive producer and Blige remembers those days vividly: "The first shows, being nervous, the Howard University performance Puffy booked for us, just having Biggie and everybody around that was around at that time. Just hearing your record on the radio for the first time from that album."
What was her first splurge? "I bought a car," she says. "A green Cherokee."
Here’s to another twenty years! In the meantime, check out the video for "Real Love."
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