This is the debut album from Mary J. Blige. In 1992, when New Jack Swing swung out of popularity, a new brand of r&b started to gain momentum. Blige was probably the first artist who introduced the genre that would later be known as hip hop soul. "What's the 411" is a solid collection of grooves with spark and attitude. The singles "Real Love," "Reminisce," and "You Remind Me" all sound as fresh as they did a decade ago and are great slices of well-crafted mid-tempo r&b. Her cover of Chaka's "Sweet Thing" has listeners divided. Some people like it, while others cringed at the thought of an upstart covering material from a diva so widely revered. But Blige's version of the song did work, as her bruised voice gave it the unfiltered emotion the lyrics demand. This wasn't Blige's best album, but "What's the 411" would be the beginning of a bright career for the artist we would later hail as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul.