Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Queen of Hip-Hop Soul

Mary J. Blige's new single "The One," working with the much-talked about Canadian rapper Drake for the first single off her upcoming album. I always love me some Mary but it seems like she has lost the ability to connect with the lyrics and melody with her new single. The queen of hiphop soul sings a sleek, almost unrecognizable and way over produced vocal. Drake, who has his own smash with "Best I Ever Had," provides a much needed assitance to the track . Producer Rodney Jerkins, who's been making hits since the early days of Destiny's Child and much of the late '90s Top 40 hits...may have created pounding beats but it falls short of true Mary excellence. But one has to remember, when Mary sings live, she always delivers a demanding and explosive performace.

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