Mary J. Blige: Urban Legend (Playlist)

A collection of her classics records that stood, and will continue to stand, the test of time.

Words by Stacy-Ann Ellis
December 18, 2017

If there is any artist who deserves to be called an urban legend, it's Mary J. Blige.

After aunty-bopping onto the scene with 1992's What's The 411?, Blige spent a quarter century building a stable of hits that trigger even the deepest seated of memories. Anthems like "I'm Goin' Down" and "Not Gon' Cry" exposed us to the trifling men who wronged her, and we wailed her same sorrows in solidarity. Then, we freed ourselves and just let go, as she did, with "No More Drama," "Just Fine" and "The One." And who can forget about the iconic dancery of "Family Affair"?

It's hard to pinpoint just how many MJB songs you know until the first chords play and every lyric and ad-lib comes flooding back. Plucked with care from her staggering catalog, here are the classics that stood, and will continue to stand, the test of time:

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