Keyshia Cole On Mary J. Blige: I Wish She Would Have Reached Out To Help Me

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I wouldn’t qualify this as shade, but Keyshia Cole definitely threw Mary J. Blige all up under the bus in a recent interview with the SingersRoom. The singer was asked how she feels about being compared to Mary, the queen of brokenhearted R&B, and though Keyshia doesn’t mind the musical comparisons she feels like there’s a clear distinction between her mentality as an established artist and Mary’s. Here’s what she said:

“I’m very happy to have been compared to such a wonderful woman, a strong woman. The only thing that I would’ve changed, that I am now here to do for those that come after me, is to lend a helping hand. I feel that even if it’s not me saying I’m gonna record with you, I’m gonna work with you or let’s go hang out or anything like that; we don’t have to be friends, but at the end of the day, being able to give advice or help somebody that is coming under you is an amazing gift to be able to have. I wish I would have had that from Mary, but I’m not Mary, I’m a different person and if K. Michelle ever call me or anybody for that matter, for advice, I would absolutely give it to them.”

Keyshia is certainly allowed to have her feelings but what I don’t get is why she would air them out so publicly. Considering she still hasn’t reached the pinnacle of Mary’s success, there’s still a chance for Mary to mentor her or record with her or something — if she were to reach out — I doubt Mary would be so willing at this point. And there’s also the question of whether she actually reached out to Mary or expected her to reach out to her. Going on her quote alone, it sounds like Keyshia wanted Mary to reach out and bring her up, but she’s not reaching out to K. Michelle, she’s waiting for K to contact her. Something is wrong with that picture if the quote is to be taken literally.

Since K. Michelle’s come on the scene, I’ve felt like Keyshia has been taking this whole predecessor/ “she’s following in my footsteps” thing to the head. While Keysh definitely has a hardcore fanbase and has been around for a minute, she still has a long way to climb and may want to be careful about burning potential bridges along the way.

What do you think about what Keyshia said?

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