Mary J. Blige takes a moment to reflect in the video for “Thick of It,” the lead single off her forthcoming album Strength of a Woman.
Surrounded by golden reflections of herself, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul looks fly in fur and gold in the ’90s-inspired clip, while singing about romantic disappointment. “Should I stick it out?” asks Mary. “Are you worth this fight? Are we worth this fight?”
The video and song come in the wake of Mary’s divorce from her longtime husband Martin “Kendu” Isaacs, who is reportedly seeking six figures in spousal support.
“‘Thick of It’ is the divorce and all this stuff that’s going on right now,” Mary recently said. “It’s the heaviness of it and the whole thing…That’s where I am. I’m in the middle of a divorce and it doesn’t feel good. It feels terrible, but I have strength to get through and I get through by any means necessary.”
Strength of a Woman, the follow-up to 2014’s The London Sessions, is set to feature contributions from Hit-Boy, Jazmine Sullivan, and Kanye West, who guests on “Love Yourself.”
While we wait on the album, watch Mary get her shine on below.