Mary J. Blige recently stopped by Hot 97 and chatted it up with Funkmaster Flex about her upcoming album, Strength of a Woman.
While there, though, she touched on how she feels about serving as the blueprint for several other R&B songstresses who came after her, and she definitely kept it 100.
Specifically, Flex asked her how she felt about the cycle starting with Faith Evans' introduction to the scene. Does she feel like she stole her sound?
“I mean, of course,” she said. “If you knew it from the outside, you know I knew it from the inside, right? Of course, and it is what it is. I mean, here I am, me and Puff [Daddy] working this close, he goes and gets his own company. He gets his girl. Of course he wants her to be a version of me. That’s understandable. That’s business, and every chick after that was the same thing, but that’s fine.”
When asked if it annoyed her at the time, she kept it PC, but went on to admit that she eventually learned that it was all just business.
“I’m not gon’ say nothin’. [laughs] I was just confused a teeny bit because I know I have my own everything and this is what I do so why doesn’t everybody else have their own everything?" she said. "So, I wasn’t angry or ticked. I just was like, 'The f**k’s going on?' But then I caught on and I was like, ‘Oh, OK, there’s another one, and here comes another one. Oh, and her comes another one. So it was like, ‘It’s business. I see what Puff did. OK, I get it.’”
Watch her be candid in her response, below:
Speaking of Evans, the Queen of Hip Hop Soul also addressed claims that her she wanted her vocals removed from their duet, "Love Don't Live Here Anymore."
In her words, that was all a lie — and Diddy's then protégé was also told less than the truth.
Get caught up on MJB's recent interview about her divorce with BET Breaks, above.
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