Mary J. Blige has new music on the way and she promises fans won’t be disappointed. During an appearance on The Tamron Hall Show, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul said going through a tumultuous time helped her create a memorable LP.
“Wait ‘till you hear it, it’s going to blow everybody’s mind and it’s because it’s something I had to do, and something I had to say when I was in my darkest, darkest moments in that life, to build myself up to the to this person that I can see and accept my nose, accept my eyes, accept my cheeks, accept all the things that I used to hate,” she said.
Her next project will be her 16th album. Her last album was The Strength Of A Woman, with was released in 2017.
“You know, that album is so full of just moments that were dark for me,” she said. “But every time I speak to a fan they’ll say, ‘well it helped me to get married’ or ‘it helped the marriage’ or ‘it sent me through college,’ but for me, it was like oh man, I just want to die. So it’s so many tears and I wanted to be loved, you know by this man…and I didn’t love myself and I didn’t know where the love was supposed to come from. So it was just heavy man.”
The nine-time Grammy award winner also discussed how she far she had come regarding self-love. Blige has been open about her battles with low self-esteem and being depressed and during her talk with Hall, she was happy to say she has fully accepted herself, flaws and all.
“The reason why I say I feel amazing is not because every day is a great day and I always wake up feeling/looking like this –hair and makeup — It’s because when I wake up with no hair and makeup I’m accepting that chick that goes to the bathroom and I like her and I hang out with myself a lot. I’m my own best friend. I got me, we got each other and that’s why it’s cool.”
Besides being the studio, Blige is also starring in Power Book II: Ghost as the cold- blooded drug lord Monet Tejada.