One of the most prolific female artists is consistently back with another amazing body of work, The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul releases the Strength of a Woman with the release of her latest album. The 14 track masterpiece which I have already listened to today was recorded midst the divorce from former husband Kendu Isaacs, and features Quavo, DJ Khaled, and Missy Elliott 'on Glow Up,' which may be my favourite track, 'Thick of It,' 'U + M' (Love Lesson),' and 'Love Yourself' featuring Kanye West.
The New York Times highly rated Mary J Blige's new album following 2014’s The London Sessions, 'Strength of a Woman…moves like a forest fire: ruthless, wide-ranging, blunt. The heat emanating off it is palpable. Ms. Blige has been scorned, is aggrieved and is dead-set on payback. No sensible person would want to be on the receiving end of this record.' Can we just take a moment to appreciate the amazing album cover photo. Stunning, true Queen.
Mary revealed, 'It was hard because of the pain, but it was good to get it out. It made me cry, and then I had to go sing it and cry and get through it. But I believe that there’s a purpose for me here on this earth, and I think it’s so I can live and become these things so people can heal from them. I don’t mind the pain. I don’t mind it all, because it hurts so good. It hurts so good.'
The Making of: Strength of a Woman airs May 2nd on VH1.