Turning Point: The Moment Your Favorite Artist Became a Superstar
Mary J. Blige
For most of us in the urban community Mary J. Blige was always in the upper stratum of stardom early in her career. We were on board with her debut, What’s the 411? and she left no question after her definitive sophomore album, My Life. Still, it took some time for music lovers on the mainstream side of things to join in. Though she made some ground with her fourth album, the self-titled Mary, thanks to grandiose collaborations with Elton John and Eric Clapton, it was her fifth solo release, No More Drama, that put the stamp on her star power. The 2001 album featured her biggest single to date, the Dr. Dre-produced “Family Affair,” which helped to garner the type of international success that she had never experienced previously.