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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 9/30/16: Mary J. Blige - Family Affair (2001)


Based on her weird singing video with Hillary this week as part of her latest push to let everyone know that "Apple Music panders harder to black people harder than certain politicians," it is perfect timing for this flashback in the midst of that hilarious tweet from MTV's Deaux.
"Family Affair" served as the second starting point in Mary J. Blige's career, a wonderful rejuvenation after her early star momentum had waned a little bit. It served as Mary's first #1 Billboard 100 hit ever, a remarkable accomplishment considering that she was still just mainly associated for non-white suburban crowds. Making it even more special is that it ended the strangehold from mid summer to early fall 2001 that Ja Rule and J-Lo's "I'm Real (Remix)" placed on the charts.

With the Dr. Dre produced track leading the way, "Family Affair" propelled her 5th album "No More Drama" into making Mary a true crossover star beyond the usual hip-hop and R&B crowds.

So without further adieu, your first Flashback Fridays this week, it's Mary J. Blige with "Family Affair."


More on The Flashback Fridays to come, stay tuned. 
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