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EDITORS’ NOTES

Mary J. Blige became the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul when her 1992 debut, What's the 411?, played matchmaker to a couple of hitherto flirtatious genres by stacking R&B power-ballad vocals onto hip-hop beats. In subsequent decades, the soul-baring singer has also shown a special magnificence when helming emotional anthems of survival and resilience. With the quiet-storm betrayal of “Not Gon' Cry” and the neo-gospel funk renunciation of “No More Drama,” Blige has also asserted herself as the Duchess of Getting Your Groove Back.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mary J. Blige became the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul when her 1992 debut, What's the 411?, played matchmaker to a couple of hitherto flirtatious genres by stacking R&B power-ballad vocals onto hip-hop beats. In subsequent decades, the soul-baring singer has also shown a special magnificence when helming emotional anthems of survival and resilience. With the quiet-storm betrayal of “Not Gon' Cry” and the neo-gospel funk renunciation of “No More Drama,” Blige has also asserted herself as the Duchess of Getting Your Groove Back.

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