It was the early 90’s, new jack swing was dominating the airwaves and uptown records was at the forefront of the music industry. On the 28th of July, 1992, we were introduced to something a little different, the first of many Mary J. Blige albums. That’s right what’s the 411 turns 25 years old today, this was the album that set the path for Mary to be the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.” This album features 17 tracks, but it was the cheerful single “Real Love,” that peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and solidified Mary’s position as the new it girl! I can still remember being 6 years old watching the real love video on the box, yes the box (I’m that old) singing real love at the top of my lungs thinking how cool I thought she was dancing with her girls in the project elevator with the oversized jersey and the boots.
Mary has the vocals but it was the around the way girl vibe that made you think “she’s just like me” or “she’s just like the fly girls I see every day”. 25 years later when the beats drops for real love you get up and do your Mary bop. Thank you Mary for this wonderful addition to pop culture.