Pharrell on Mary J. Blige’s New Album: ‘The Queen Is Back!’

Mary J. Blige and Pharrell

If you weren’t excited for Mary J. Blige’s new album, Pharrell is about to change that. The super-producer, who usually keeps quiet when it comes to his collaborations, couldn’t contain his excitement over the R&B vet’s project.

“You got to hear her. All I’m saying is, When ya’ll hear MJB’s album, the queen is back! That’s all I gotta say,” said an enthusiastic Pharrell during an episode of Jermaine Dupri’s vlog series “Living the Life.”

My Life II: The Journey Continues, the sequel to Mary’s 1994 sophomore LP, is slated for a fall release. In addition to Pharrell, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has been in the studio with J.D., Rico Love, Swizz Beatz, songwriter Andrea Martin, and Nicki Minaj, who appears on “Feel Inside.”

“She’s brought black music back on such an incredible level,” added P. “It’s amazing the kind of musicianship and the kind of poetry that’s on this album. This is one of the most amazing albums I’ve heard in a long time. I am so honored to be a part of it because it’s someone I like, admire, and is also a legend. When you guys hear this shit, reefer sales gon’ go up.”

We’re not sure exactly what he means, but we’re sold.

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40 Comments

  1. rih/katy

    OLD hasbeen go home and give your husband a baby

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    sirgigolo Reply:

    @rih/katy, That’s just wrong on so many levels. Mary J has more soul than any other female r&b artist out there. And to say has been, I’ll bet that you have a few of her albums!

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  2. beyonce forever

    NO BEYONCE IS THE QUEEN NOT THAT OLD COW MARY J CRACKHEAD

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    ??? Reply:

    @beyonce forever,

    Mad much? You must feel a little threatened because the title made you respond with such…what’s the word….bitterness???

    You don’t have to agree. But it is what it is. You notice they approach her as the Queen because she is a Queen.

    Her status doesn’t take away from Beyonce’s nor does B take away from hers. STOP TRYING TO START A BEEF THAT DOESN’T EXIST!

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    Chris Reply:

    @???, Preach! I’m a huge beyonce Stan, but I hate when we just go after people. So uncalled for.

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    isabella! Reply:

    @Chris, OMG a reasonable music fan. lol i never thought i would see a bey, riri, gaga, or any other artist’s fan not talking sh*t about another artist.

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    sirgigolo Reply:

    @beyonce forever, Yeah, ok. Beyonce. That’s funny. Put her in the booth and tell her to sing “i’m going down” and see who has the best version. And live in concert, Mary blows her away. Sorry, but the truth hurts and I like both artists.

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    Malcolm Reply:

    @beyonce forever, all that is a non muth@&*%$ factor when it comes to Mary, Mary is a legend boo. Beyonce is good,but her and Mary are on two diffrent levels. There is non like the queen of HIP/HOP, and no one will ever take that from her!

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  3. lucy

    nice

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  4. Dominique

    Mary ALWAYS slays with her albums, they are REAL. Cannot wait to cop this album and gain more insight into the TRUE Queen and her life. Hearts for MJB

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  5. Estallalove

    Mary is gonna shut down the fourth quarter for R&B releases. Ain’t nobody standin in her way.

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  6. Kyle

    I loved Mary’s last album “StrongerWithEachTear” and all of her others so I will obviously go out and support her with this album. She NEVER disappoints.

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  7. Joe

    I thought it was dropping September 20, now it’s just “slated for a fall release”?

    What got it pushed back????

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  8. ???

    I see even when you’re a so-called “has-been” you can still get under people’s skin with your efforts to succeed. No wonder people think women are bitter…they just visit these posts and watch how we tear each other apart. SMH

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  9. WTT

    @Joe , They want the album to be perfect so they are still working on it very hard. She has the best collabos and producers !

    Maxwell, Alicia Keys, Fabulous there’s rumors that she’s going to work with Dre and Eminem, Rico Love, B.coxx, Ester Dean, JD… The list goes on.

    This album is going to be MASSIVELY classic.

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  10. Coverboi-Htown

    i Love me some Mary i cant wait Houston stand up for Mary J lol

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  11. Coverboi-Htown

    I like beyonce shes very entertaing but Mary is the Queen …….Im jus cant wait til her single droppp to exicted…………..

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Coverboi-Htown, Her & Beyonce don’t make thee same kind of music . So they both can be Queens . & Just like you have reasons for Mary being Queen , I have reasons for Bey being Queen .

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  12. South Carolina Boy

    Awwwh shit!!! That’s what I’m talking about. Mary about to bring the heat for the fall…. And to those who feel Mary is a hasbeen and washed up…Please! Mary has proved herself time and time again. Mary doesn’t need to earn people respect because she has it. She paved the way for alot of artist, and it’s ashame that folks just can’t give her the respect that is due, because of another artist. Beyonce is Beyonce hands down. But Mary is the mutherfuckin Queen. For 20 years she has had the crown, and aint nobody taking it. So just wait for the album. #thatisall

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    Jane Doe Reply:

    @South Carolina Boy, thank you. Mary has proven herself for 20 yrs. The industry has much respect for this woman, that’s why she gets honored constantly. They regard her as an R&B ICON in the industry. So haters, go kill yourselves, you can’t talk shit about her unless you’ve done what MJB has done for the past 20 yrs. She has plenty of success to back it up.

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  13. diego

    To the haters this has been sold 330,000 first week with her last album first week isnt that more than your queen bee did lmao

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @diego, Beyonce has 16 Grammy’s .. How many does Mary ? If you wanna talk about selling stuff , How much did Mary gross on her last tour ? Cuz Bey grossed 103 Million . Now LMFAO .

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    yooo Reply:

    @Real Issh, Stop talking about her money because youre still broke! Beyonce does not sing about a damn thing in her music!! What the hell is a freakumdress? LMAAAAOO

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    Jane Doe Reply:

    @Real Issh, For your information, Mary has 9 Grammy’s & she will win plenty more. She is the only artist to win Grammy’s in different catagories. R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Gospel. Her tours sell out constantly. So you need to respect the undisputed ” Queen of Hip Hop Soul”.

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  14. tj

    For that my life 2 lp 2 be complete chucky thompson is needed mary stop bs

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    OOL Uh Uh Reply:

    @tj, I said the EXACT same thing!!! Shit, Faith too.

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  15. San

    I swear most of these Bey “fans” polluting the blogs sound young, dumb and extremely immature. They seem to hate on EVERYONE. Are they that easily threatened and insecure of their favs talent? Grow up because you make Mrs. Carter look very bad.

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  16. anna_molly

    The real queen is back! So excited for the new album.

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  17. Jane Doe

    R&B ICON. #nuffsaid

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  18. Coverboi-Htown

    @real ish whatever…………..i didnt give Mary the queen name the big money industry did i have no power over that….when they call beyonce name not hating but they only say beyonce when they call Mary name they say Queen of hip hop n soul or Queen of hip hop n R&b #deal

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  19. Ian

    her new album would be good cuz she will bring back the 80s-90s vibe

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  20. D.T.

    I’m only 16 years old, and I am a major Mary J. Fan!! Her music is very real, and hearing her music as a little child, she’s never gotten old with her music. She’s had 5 top ten albums, and 4 #1 albums with 50 million records sold worldwide, and nine Grammys to her name, definately making her one the R&B greats to still hold “The Queen” crown, for almost 20 years. Her swagg was, then, and still, to this day, can never be duplicated. I’m looking forward to her album, because the current R&B music scene is not what it used to be. We need real music, with real feeling back. And MJB is one of those peoples.

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    David Reply:

    Real talk bruv.@D.T.,

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  21. Haha

    Mary is the queen. Hands down. Nobody’s f***** with her… & that’s since 92.’ still killin’ em.’

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  22. Disco SA

    MJB is da queen. She need not undress to be loved

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  23. big v

    HAIL TO HE QUEEN OF HIP HOP AND R AND B MARY J BLIGE

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  24. David

    Yo pple #nuff said am chillaxin 4 d album 2 drop lyk its hot.She is da realest Queen of em all.

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  25. jurick

    she makin good music rite now….. watch and see!!

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  27. BERTA

    MARY IS THE REAL QUEEN HANDS DOWN. CASE CLOSED!

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