Mary J. Blige Talks ‘My Life II,’ Movie Roles, & Favorite Current Artists

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige caught up with her friend Angie Martinez when she stopped by her Hot 97 radio show today. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, who will perform on “Good Morning America’s” Summer Concert Series tomorrow, spoke about the follow-up to her 1994 breakthrough album My Life, role in the musical Rock of Ages, what she’s currently she’s listening to, and announced plans to start shooting the Nina Simone biopic on October 17.

On starring in the musical Rock of Ages: She plays a gentlemen’s club owner named Justice alongside Julianne Hough, singing songs from the ’80s. The star-studded cast includes Russell Brand, Tom Cruise, and Alec Baldwin. The film will hit theaters in June.
On her upcoming album My Life II: The Journey Continues, due in November: “We’ve been [recording] for a year now and I did not want to stop until I nailed it and got what I feel people wanted to hear from Mary J. Blige. … I actually targeted every single thing in life to show people that our journey continues. We continue to live, we continue to grow, but we grow through adversity, which is our best teacher.”
On the response to her new single “25/8”: “It really moved me because sometimes you just don’t know what people want anymore and you just do what it is from your heart that you do and be optimistic. Turns out, when you do what you do from your heart, people love you.”
On her My Life II producers: Eric Hudson, Danja, Rico Love, Jerry Wonda, Swizz Beatz, Jim Jonsin, The Underdogs, and Jermaine Dupri.
On who she’s listening to right now: “I love Frank Ocean. I love Young Money. I love the Watch the Throne album.”

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19 Comments

  1. Dan

    Haha yes aunty mary! I bet she wilds out to “watch the throne” especially when n***as in paris comes on lol.

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    andy Reply:

    @Dan, shut up

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    thecool Reply:

    @Dan, LOL

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  2. brainfood.com

    The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul…A woman who teaches through her music.

    We need more like you Mary! BUT the industry ain’t havin’ that. Everybody wants to be a gimmick, or sell sex, drugs, clothes, cars, materialistic mess that don’t feed the soul. That is why you ARE STILL the Queen of Hip-Hop SOUL!

    Your music feeds the soul! Let the Lord bless you as you bless others…

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  3. Natha

    Thats whats up!

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  4. sam

    it soo weird, cuz i had a feeling she was gonna say frank ocean

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  5. diego

    welcome back queen

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  6. mayo

    lol marrrrrrrryyyyyyyy love her…………..she shoulda been on WTT ALBUM

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  7. Jane Doe

    That’s my girl MJB. A ICON in the industry. Still putting it down for 20 yrs. Love her to the death.

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  8. San

    THEE REALEST CHICK IN THE GAME!!!! MUCH RESPECT AND LOVE TO THE QUEEN. MARY IS THE QUEEN OF SOUL PERIOD POINT BLANK!!!

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  9. JustaWayneFan

    she loves young money, yay now i love her more lol

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  10. BLAZE

    Thats whats up mary your the shit can’t wait til you drop get Frank Ocean on that album

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  11. ohyeah

    Fuck young money doodoo ass group

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    Boy Wonder Reply:

    @ohyeah, Lol that was Mary way of saying, “How can I say I fuck with Nicki Minaj without pissing Kim off??” LMAO Young Money doesn’t fuck with Young Money. Laughable

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  12. ohyeah

    Young money yuck

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  13. mayo

    She loves WTT album? yay now i like her even more lmao wat a dummie

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  14. Jeri

    She loves Young Money? She was thinking “How can I say I fuck with Nicki without pissing Kim off??” Lol

    And watch the hatres come in, in .3…2…1

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  15. Kyle

    I can’t wait to hear what she is cooking up this time around. Her last album was HOT!

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  16. K-girl

    So excited about the new album can’t wait to get it! I love how she stays herself through everything.

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