Mary J. Blige’s ‘What’s the 411?’ Popularizes Hip-Hop Soul – Black History Month
When Mary J. Blige stepped on the scene in 1992, she embodied an around-the-way-girl style that forever influenced the young women listening to her music and watching her every move.
Dressing like the guys with jerseys, but still singing the pains of women everywhere over raw hip-hop beats, the Bronx, N.Y., native helped move hip-hop soul to the forefront of popular music.
Her debut LP, 'What's the 411?' released on July 28, 1992, was executive produced by Diddy. The new jack swing sound was fading away and MJB's hip-hop soul took its place, giving her the crown over the sub genre.
'You Remind Me' off the effort became an instant hit, topping the Billboard R&B charts. MJB's 'Real Love' followed suit and hit No. 1 as well.
Watch Mary J. Blige's 'Real Love' Video