Mary J. Blige Music Videos: A History

Mary J. Blige, best known as the queen of hip-hop soul, has been creating memorable R&B music for 30 years. That alone would make her a legend, but she’s also an accomplished actress who’s appeared on Starz’s Power Book II: Ghost and 2017 muddy, which earned him two Oscar nominations and made history. (Blige was the first person to be nominated for acting and songwriting—”Mighty River”—in the same year.)

And it won’t stop anytime soon. Blige’s 15th studio album, Hello beauty, arrives today, February 11. She is also set to perform this year on the Super Bowl Halftime Show alongside Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre and Eminem. But before Blige performs her famous dance moves in front of millions, let’s take a look at the history of her music videos.

While not all of the videos she’s made over her decades-long career are included, the 15 featured below perhaps best illustrate why the singer’s reign has gone unchallenged for so long.

“True Love” (1992)

Mary J. Blige’s first video, “Real Love”, was the second single from her 1992 debut album, What is 411? The classic track interpolates Audio Two’s 1987 hit “Top Billin'” and displays Blige’s vocal prowess with ease.

In the visuals accompanying the song, we see one of his most popular looks: oversized baseball jerseys complete with matching caps, biker shorts, knee pads, and signature gold hoops. “Real Love” was a commercial success, reaching number one on the US Hot R&B Singles chart. However, he became a radio favorite when his remix featured a verse by the late Notorious BIG.


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“I’m Going Down” (1994)

One of Blige’s most notable ballads, “I’m Goin’ Down”, from 1994 My life, was a cover of the 1976 track Rose Royce which featured in the comedy film car wash that same year. In the singer’s video, directed by Matthew Rolston and shot in black and white, Blige transforms into a dark lounge number.

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