As reported here, R&B majesty Mary J. Blige can be seen afront the February issue of ‘VIBE’ magazine. There, the ‘Be Without You’ beauty dished on a number of topics including her 20 year tenure in the industry and recent ventures into acting.
However, it was her weigh in on the current state of the genre that brought her to prominence that has been splashed across headlines across the net. Never one to bite her tongue, Blige offers interesting insight into her thoughts on the reviving genre, its key players, and the never-ending Chris Brown/Rihanna saga.
See what the ‘All That I Can Say‘ singer had to say below:
Vibe: Let’s talk about current R&B. How do you feel when you turn on the radio?
Mary: Maybe in 2012, in the middle, I was like, “What is going on? What is this?” Things got worse before they got better. I think things are going in the right direction. I am so proud of what Rihanna is doing.
Vibe: Wait, really?
Mary: Yes. She is speaking to her generation, and she’s living her life in front of them. I don’t even think she’s purposely doing it. She’s such a beautiful girl, and I don’t think she knows she’s that beautiful. She’s just living her life, and leading her generation, and she has great, great songs. Her career is amazing; and her team, obviously, is amazing.
They give her a hard time because she’s living her life. As long as she’s having fun and isn’t three minutes away from wanting to shoot herself, good! I want her to be happy. That’s impressive to me. And I love her songs. Adele also gives me hope. God bless Amy Winehouse. She was just the perfect thing.
Vibe: What about male artists?
Mary: Drake is amazing. He is an amazing writer: great songs, great melodies. And Kendrick Lamar has a classic album right now. Classic. It’s like The Chronic. I’m not saying it is The Chronic. But you know how that album felt like a movie, with a beginning, middle and an end? His album has that same thing. I also love Bruno Mars. They need to take him seriously. He. Is. A. Problem. And Miguel is amazing. His voice; his writing. All of his songs are beautiful. He is pure inspiration.