Watch the throne. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, is reportedly readying a new album for release later this summer.
During an interview with the Arbiters of A&R podcast, Blige’s A&R Eddie Fourcell revealed that the project is done and is currently in the mixing phase. It is expected to drop around August/September.
This time around, Blige has been in the studio with hitmakers including Hit-Boy, DJ Camper, and B.A.M. The follow-up to 2014’s The London Sessions may also feature her first collaboration with Kanye West.
“I think this is gonna be the first time that the world sees a Mary J. Blige and Kanye West [collaboration],” teased Fourcell.
Upon its release in November 2014, The London Sessions debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, featuring contributions from Sam Smith, Disclosure, and Rodney Jerkins.
Aside from music, Blige continues to pursue an acting career. The R&B icon recently joined the cast of Dee Rees’ indie drama Mudbound alongside Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, and Carey Mulligan.