Last night, Mary J Blige celebrated the 25th anniversary of her legendary album, ‘My Life’ during a sit-down CRWN interview with TIDAL’s Chief Content Officer, Elliott Wilson exclusively livestreamed on TIDAL.
Highlights from the interview include:
On working with Puff in the early days:
“It was healthy because he wanted me to win more than I wanted to win…that’s why I was always afraid to bring him my sad songs because I thought he was going to shoot it down because he always wanted me to be up. So it surprised me when I brought him the concept of these songs and he was like ‘This is what we need to be doing.’”
On getting a record deal:
“It wasn’t something that I dreamed about. It was something I had to do to survive!”
On listening back to ‘My Life’:
The fans were saying me too, Mary. We’re hurting too, Mary. We’re suffering too, Mary…. but 2008, the album was very hard to listen to. I looked like I was fine but I wasn’t.”
On handling success in the beginning:
“Didn’t realize what we had done. It was so big I was afraid of it. I buried my head and turned away from it!”
On her biggest life lessons:
“Stay humble, God first, always give, forgive, forgive myself, and just try to do the best I can, and continue to work on being confident. Because if you’re not confident, no one’s going to care.”
On what’s next:
“More acting, singing. I’m being a producer on some films.”
The crowd breaking out into a rendition of ‘I’m Going Down’.