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What's The 411?

Mary J. Blige Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Seventeen years after Mary J. Blige’s breakthrough LP, My Life, the wiser R&B queen is back with a sequel: My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1). "The first My Life, I didn't understand why I was in so much pain," says Blige. "This one adds another level of understanding." The album’s critically acclaimed first single, “25/8” ... Read more in Amazon's Mary J. Blige Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (20 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000026E4E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Leave A Message
2. Reminisce
3. Real Love
4. You Remind Me
5. Intro Talk
6. Sweet Thing
7. Love No Limit
8. I Don't Want To Do Anything
9. Slow Down
10. My Love
11. Changes I've Been Going Through
12. What's The 411?

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BBC Review

What's The 411? is, arguably, one of the most important albums of the nineties. Not only did it signal the arrival of the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, but it also broke every rule in the book, fusing hip hop beats with R&B melodies. The album created a recipe that would lead to the contemporary R&B sound of today.

Mary's sweet, soulful vocals sung over Puff Daddy's rough, jagged, hip-hop beats made for a winning combination that remains one of Blige's finest albums and stands up to scrutiny almost 17 years on from its original 1991 release. --David O'Donnell

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic! 30 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
Reading the reviews here so far you'd think this is some mediocre album optional in your RnB collection. It isn't! This album is a pure classic. This is not my opinion, this is the opinion of anyone who knows anything about RnB and anyone who lived it.

It was early Summer of 1992. I loved New Jack Swing (still do). But the songs started to be too similar to each other, and it was getting harder to pick out something different, a hit. The change was clearly needed and there comes Puffy and Mary J with their idea of Heaven: Let's continue what New Jack Swing started - merge Hip Hop and RnB, but give it a slower, more soulful twist, a la Jodeci, but harder and clubbier. When the album dropped, people went mad! It was off the hook! "You remind me" was played a lot, but Every RnB/Hip hop clubs played "Real love" like 3-4 times a night! Every Urban radio station played her tunes easily once an hour, and NOT because they were paid to do it - but because the tracks were so awesome. And bang - "Hip Hop Soul" subgenre was born. Mary J was no background singer for Father MC no more. She was now the queen herself. The queen of Hip Hop Soul.

This album singlehandedly changed the road RnB was taking. By 1994 New Jack Swing was dead sadly - but long live Hip Hop Soul (well up to 2004 where crunk took over it and killed RnB. IMHO. But that's another story.)

This album is a classic because almost every song is so good that you will love it and play it forever. You remind me, Real love, Sweet thang, Reminisce, Love no limit, I don't want to do anything, My love, Changes I've been going through - each released as a single as well! Just how many artists can say that?

And as if that wasn't good enough, each of these songs had incredible remixes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album. 1 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Very pleased with my purchase, I love this album! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Product described perfectly, seller extremely highly recommended. Thank you very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just for me 21 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
loved it brought back old memories she is a legend and although second hand it turned out to be a great buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Wow, I purchased this album back in 1993 and I still listen to it, that in itself is enough to justify the worth of this album. Mary J's debut album and it is very very good. Maybe it is outdated now - but it still sounds amazing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The One That Started it All 29 May 2004
By Burjiz
Format:Audio CD
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.
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