Sean Garrett Calls Mary J. Blige and Beyoncé Duet ‘Iconic’

Mary J. Blige and Beyoncé

Two of the biggest voices in music, Mary J. Blige and Beyoncé, join forces on their new duet “Love a Woman.” The producer-songwriter behind the superstar collaboration, Sean Garrett, spoke with Rap-Up.com about how the “iconic” track came together.

Garrett, who has penned hits for both women in the past, revealed that the song was originally written for Beyoncé. “I initially did the record for Beyoncé and then we just felt it would be an even bigger record with Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige,” he explained. “Both these women are two iconic female figures in the world, and what would be better than putting those two on a record? We felt it would be a really iconic move.”

“Woman,” which appears on Blige’s 10th album My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act I), will take listeners back. “We did a throwback ’90s type of feel with the track,” said Garrett. “We wanted to give people who grew up with Mary and Beyoncé that real feel that they could reminisce on.”

The R&B divas showcase their powerful pipes on the R&B-drenched record. “The vocals on it are impeccable,” added the hitmaker. “Both Mary and Beyoncé did an incredible job vocally. It just epitomizes the soulfulness, the integrity of real women, and it couldn’t come at a more climactic time.”

While it’s unknown if an accompanying video will be shot, Garrett has high hopes. “I wouldn’t bet against it.”



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58 Comments

  1. Dee Eugene

    I really do hope that the song becomes a single and gets a music video as well. I love both Mary J and Bey, so I was thrilled when I found out they were doing a song together. The snippet sounded amazing, so I’m eagerly awaiting to hear the full song.!

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  2. IAmWhoIam

    Well I hope this doesn’t meet the same fate as “Put it In A Love Song.”

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    Tommy22026 Reply:

    @IAmWhoIam, oooo I’m STILL mad about that video!

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    Yan Reply:

    @Tommy22026, me too!!! those bitches came into my country, shoot a video and never bother to release it

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    yoo Reply:

    @IAmWhoIam, that song was hot garbage anyway.

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  3. BEYSUS

    Judging by that snippet on iTunes, this song is HOT GARBAGE! The only saving grace is Beyonce’s voice. No wonder Beyonce never put this on her album.

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    yoo Reply:

    @BEYSUS, the song is the bomb and Beyonce’s voice is not the saving grace. Mary puts her emotions on the track something that Beyonce lacks in her vocal delivery. Just because you yodle and oversing doesnt mean u posses emotion.

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    Beck Reply:

    @yoo, Lol so you get defensive @ shade being thrown at mjb & u respond by throwing even more shade at beyonce…lol very mature. Why can’t there just be respect for both artists for contributing to a great song regardless of preferences…

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    yoo Reply:

    @Beck, i dont have a problem with beyonce im just letting dude know that just because he sees B as Jesus (hence the name) she does have her imperfections just like MARY. Shit im a Mary stan all day and I can say that she doesnt sound her best all the time. But one thing Mary does is breathe life into every song she sings.

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    KillBill Reply:

    @yoo, Like you said your a Mary J. Fan of course your gonna protect her. She never said that Bey was perfect thats were your hate takes over.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @yoo, Beyonce gives life in every song she does .
    What Mary CAN’T do is give life LIVE . Bey can .

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    KillBill Reply:

    @Real Issh, #DEAD LMAO

    KillBill Reply:

    @yoo, How could you tell if Mary is singing with emotion? Don’t get vocal tone mixed with emotion. Mary sounds like that on every songs even the upbeat songs, I guess shes singing with emotion on that to.

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    yooo Reply:

    @KillBill, Yeah because Mary is an emotional singer. She’s a SOUL SINGER. Not getting mixed up with vocal tone little one everyone knows Mary brings that fire on every track.

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    KillBill Reply:

    @yooo, I know Mary brings it on some songs, but you can’t diss Bey by saying she can;t sing that makes you a HATER its obvious.

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  4. yoo

    from the second snippet i heard Mary GOES IN on the vocals

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  5. queenbeystan

    @beysus…this song is hot u need to have a seat… bey and mary both killed it give credit where its due now

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  6. ourson

    since when beyonce is considered “one of the biggest voices in music”. last time i’ve checked she couldn’t sing a verse to save her life. and that song is pure garbage. she’s at best an average saloon singer.

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    Lady Marmalade Reply:

    @ourson, Hater much? I think Beyonce’s 16 grammys beg to differ and if you honestly think Beyonce isn’t one of the biggest voices in music then you’ve been living under a rock or delusional. Furthermore, this song is great; Mary and Beyonce did their thing.

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    ourson Reply:

    @Lady Marmalade, 16 grammys right? and you forgot to mention the billboard award for the singer of the century or decade not sure anymore…the day she will be able to carry a song the way withney does or more recently adele, then you can call her the biggest voice in music
    hater me? no i dont think so, i just understand “biggest voice” in the different light

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    yoo Reply:

    @ourson, THANK YOU. Beyonce has a great voice but she sure as hell doesnt sing better than Christina Aguilera, Amy Winehouse (R.I.P.), or Adele. Im not even a fan of Adele but that chick slays

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    KillBill Reply:

    @yoo, Did you hear “Someone Like You” at the VMAS? Her vocals were lack luster. Amy Winehouse was boring, XTINA, hasn’t been singing good since Mulan soundtrack.

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    KillBill Reply:

    @ourson, Adele can’t sing like Beyonce. Beyonce vocals are compared to Whitney and Mariah #fact. Amy Winehouse **faints** she is not good, but hey you guys just don’t have a ear for vocals. Bey does sing better than XTINE, AMY, ADELE. Could they sing ICare, Love On Top, Start Over, but I betcha Bey could sing their songs.

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    yooo Reply:

    @KillBill, LMAAAAAAAAAAAOOOO. Compared to Mariah and Whitney? Right because Beyonce has a five octave range like Mariah and the vocal power of whitney. Sit your ass dooooooooooowwwwwnnn. Amy Winehouse is good just ask Tony Bennett one of the best singers of all time. And if Bey does sing better than Christina why isnt Beyonce featured on Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Singers of all time. Christina is on there. Why u so mad?

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    KillBill Reply:

    @yooo, Rolling Stone? They said Taylor Swift is the Queen of Pop. LMAO Having 5 octave ranges don’t make you a better singing, or having power doesn’t make you a better singer, there’s more than that. Control, Range, Power, AD-LIBS, Versatile. Bey-fucking-serious. A singer is a musician, not a vocalist. Kesha, Britney, Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, Katy Perry are singers, not vocalist. Whitney, Bey, Celine, Mariah, Aretha are vocalist. I guess you haven’t youtube Bey best vocals, or better yet the NATIONAL ANTHEM who is and has been compared to that of Whitney Houston #fact. Bey is good just ask your FAV, or ask the Grammys or Oscars who wanted her to sing for them 3 times in one night. Adele she will tell you.

    yooo Reply:

    @KillBill, oh yeah and Mary is on there too… theres a chair in that corner over there that u might want to make your ass comfortable in.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @ourson, B*tch you must be living in bikini bottom with plankton or some shyt if you dont know that Bey has one of the best voices or thee best voice of my generation .

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  7. MGB

    The Song Has Such A 90′s Groove, these youngsters today know nothing about that…This song is definitely a hit.

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  8. Will

    Is that what Sean Garrett said about Nicki Minaj’s Massive Attack. He said Massive Attack was gonna be iconic. Epic Fail lmfaoo!!!

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    Shawnna Reply:

    @Will, + Massive Attack went on to become the most critically-acclaimed female rap record in HISTORY. That song opened doors for Nicki and made her the star she is today. #STAYmad

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    Will Reply:

    @Shawnna, lol really? Kill yourself. That song was an epic flop it didnt even chart on Billboard Hot 100. Critically acclaimed my ass smfh

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    yoo Reply:

    @Shawnna, LMAO what are u 12?

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Shawnna, Have u heard of Super Bass ?

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  9. @Lewis_Bennett

    Besttt have a music video!

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  10. Jane Doe

    Both of these women did their thing on the song. The music critics in the industry said the song is incredible. This album is gonna take Mary to even higher levels in her career than what she’s already accomplished in her 20 yr career. True R&B ICON. #MyLifeII in stores 11-21-11.

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  11. pia

    I can’t wait until November 21st

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  12. Real Issh

    Nigga , we know . #superduperflow

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  13. Audrey Hepburn

    We all know what this is…

    Someone’s career is fading so they want to collaborate w/ a true soul singer…

    I’ll let you Bey stans figure out the rest *major shade* :)

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    KillBill Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, I see you are on every Bey post, thanks for the love and support. -BeyHive

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    skeptical Reply:

    @KillBill, You welcome boo :) Stay tacky.

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    Gots 2 Be Real Reply:

    @skeptical, Another Navy?

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  14. Fa

    Stupid american talking about ” iconic move”…if you believe you are doing or planning something iconic , it means you are not iconic! Has someone ever heard Diana Ross in the 70ies and 80ies saying: “I wanted my dress to be iconic”
    Or Madonna saying : “My stage presence should be iconic for this or that tour”
    Or even MJ saying: “Hmmm, lettme come up with an Iconic gesture. Im going to grab my balls and scream heiiiiiihiii”
    This Behonse woman is so overrated and so full of herself. Her team is full of idiots! Dresses like a drag queen and believes the shit that she comes up with is “iconic”… been there a 100 times before…
    How can someone calculate being iconic?
    Its an oxymoron!
    That is the reaso why the kids and their music taste is like shit…and people like beyonce is selling records to dumb masses! Lord have mercy …Im so angry when I read that shit!

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    MARCUS Reply:

    @Fa, It was MICHEAL JACKSON whom flew from LA to NYC just cause he thought BEYONCE was at a party..Just to see her…It was MJ kids whom said she is the ONLY ONE out the has their dads muscal ethnics. It was KATHERNE JACKSON whom said BEYONCE had to be apart of her sons tribute, cause he loved her…. Its MADONNA at OPRAHS closing of 25 years. telling Beyonce she’s truly became an outstanding ICON.!! Its DIANA and PATTI when asked whom they think will be around 50 years from now .they sayin BEYONCE….Its BEYONCE whom has every MAJOR MUSIC AWARD more than 3 times each to her name…It’s BEYONCE the richest African American female singer. also the second richest female singer inthe World..40 som plus records as an SOLO ARTIST. and lets not add digital charts…AND lets not include Destiny’s Child.. So even as her formeer band-mates Letoya said. DONT HATE on the WOMEN cause she is and has done the damn thang.

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    Gots 2 Be Real Reply:

    @MARCUS, You betta fuckin read!I loved the story about Michael wanting to dance with Beyonce to Crazy In Love.

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    KillBill Reply:

    @MARCUS, YOU READ HER REAL GOOD.

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  15. MARCUS

    LET ME END THE TOPIC…OK BEYONCE herself is ICONIC.

    The song isnt ICONIC…I wasnt even meant to be. BEY just felt this is an LP she would like to be on. Due to respect of MJB. and MJB took the favor and respect BEY enuff.. that she didnt even have to come inot the studio…..As far as savin the song. BEYONCE adlib slayeddddddddddd the song…and this is why MJB herself let BEY do more sing in on the track…Both ladies are actually iconic….Its the FANS and folks such as SEAN GARRETT startin mess.

    And the song will be an nice single on a URBAN statin.. but over all ITS jsut a NICE track..

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  16. True Music Fan

    Lol..I don’t see what all of you (including Sean Garrett) see in this song. Iconic? Not at all. I hear a lot of over-singing on a ‘outdated’ urban beat. Sorry MJB & Bey. Try again. I have much respect for each Artist. Their both legendary. But this song is lacking. I’m a fan & even I can admit that. Just because it’s Mary J & Beyonce doesn’t make the song a hit. Btw, “Put It In a Love Song” was yet again another song by Two great artists (including Beyonce) & that sucked also. Sorry fans. This is a miss for me! 0_o

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    diego Reply:

    @True Music Fan, shut ya hating ass up we heard 1 minute 30 damn seconds of the song and you talking shit haters only dismiss something that they havent even heard the whole way through you are not no damn true music fan wack ass

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  17. Looooééééiiiii

    Beyoncé is just the hottest chick in the game because she s blessed with many talents and she uses it perfectly when it comes to music. She’s the number one in the game right now because she’s a true and authentic singer and artist. Her abilities are outsanding. She’s the best rigt now.

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  19. Trent

    I agree with whoever says Sean Garrett went a little too far in saying it’s iconic. Probably just tooting his own horn but lets wait for the full song.

    Also many haters seem to always want to say Beyonce is overrated. Listen and listen good. BYONCE IS NOT ACCLAIMED FOR HER VOCAL ABILITIES ONLY!!! THE FACT THAT SHE CAN PULL OFF THOSE AMAZING VOCALS AND DANCE EVEN HARDER IS WHAT HAS MADE HER AN EVEN BIGGER STAR. THAT IS WHY SHE IS COMPARED TO LEGENDS BECAUSE COMEON WHITNEY AND MARIAH COULD NEVER EVER SING AS WELL AS THEY DO AND DANCE AT THE SAME TIME!!!

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  22. truth

    why does everyone who voices their opinion have to be haters?How can you hate on a bunch of fakes everything about beyonce is fae from head to toe and i am not hating it is the truth.any body can learn to hold a tune.anybody can shake their rump because it is not dancing that she does and without the makeup and weave she is a normal looking woman.of course the awards and invites go to popular acts and this generations do not know real music and anything that relates to them mentally they go for it.women love men bashing songs and men love nudity.actually the song is not mary’s style.it is garbage but look who wrote it.i do not care if one may say i am hating.beyonce has no natural talent she just lucked up.i wish the world could be truthful and maybe people would not have to submit to this garbage they call entertainment.

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