Featuring Mary J. Blige: Underrated Gems

“MY MAN”   Santana Ft. Mary J Blige and Big Boi

mary-j-blige-vibeCarlos Santana’s follow-up to his career defining comeback CDs, Supernatural and Shaman, with a 3rd consecutive Top 5 album, All That I Am. Once again, Santana’s soulful and elegant guitar solos were highlighted by a multiple of guest vocalists. The two lead singles, “I’m Feeling You” with Michelle Branch and “Just Feel Better” with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith received tremendous airplay but many of the deeper album cuts were just as phenomenal. “Twisted” with Anthony Hamilton and “Trinity” that matched the Mexican guitar legend with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and blues giant, Robert Randolph stand out on the CD. But the song with the greatest potential to be a huge single was the combination of Big Boi and Sleepy Brown from Outkast and Mary J. Blige on the funkiest love song of the year. “My Man” is the perfect mixing pot of musical genres and if you’re a fan of Mary or Outkast, it’s a lost classic that’s an essential addition to your greatest hits playlist.

“ALL THAT I GOT IS YOU” Ghostface Killah Ft. Mary J Blige

mary_j_bligeMary J. Blige is no stranger to duets with a member of the Wu Tang Clan. “All That I Need” with Method Man remains one of the seminal crossover hip hop love songs since its debut in 1994. Two years later, Ghostface Killah released his solo project, Ironman. The lead single was a deeply emotional tribute to his mother who despite hard times always provided the best life possible for her son. “All That I Got” sampled the Jackson Five’s “Maybe Tomorrow” and by adding the soulful vocals of Mary J Blige who takes the song to another level. The single never cracked the Top 50 in the U.S. was much more popular overseas. The official music video was shot using a back-up Wu Tang Clan singer named Tekitha in Mary’s role as she was unavailable for shooting that day, but I’ve included the original audio version instead.