Back In The Beat: Mary J. Blige – ‘Family Affair’

Do you know which song spent the most weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100? Do you know which song was the first to debut at the top spot? That Grape Juice has you covered! ‘Back In The Beat’ is our brand new feature, which each Friday takes a look back at the songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 at this exact point in time in years of past.

Covered by me, Trent, it provides the opportunity to not only take a ‘trip down memory lane’, but remember some of the monumental songs that molded the present day sound of the music industry. So get out your pen and paper because class is officially in session!

The Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul, Mary J. Blige, earned her first #1 single, ‘Family Affair’, on November 3rd 2001. Produced by the equally legendary Dr. Dre, the song, which served as the first release from Bige’s ‘No More Drama’ album, spent 6 weeks at at the peak of the Billboard Hot 100. Furthermore, the record also snagged the top spot of the Hip-Hop /R&B charts from Ginuwine’s ‘Differences’ where it remained at the chart’s summit for 2 weeks.  The  track also entered the top 10 in several countries, hitting #1 on the French Single Chart and #8 in the UK. In addition, ‘Family Affair’ earned Blige a Grammy Award nomination for ‘Best Female R&B Vocal Performance‘. In 2008, the track was ranked as the 79th most successful track in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.

Classic! Although Blige was already a massive success with R&B audiences, this song made her a household name and permanently cemented her title in the history of popular music. She hadn’t garnered a lot of cross-over success until this track was dropped and it placed in a whole new league in the industry. I would go further and say that this was the song that officially made Mary J. Blige into a diva! From the car to club to the crib, this song sits comfortably amongst many of the classics of Contemporary R&B’s biggest hits. Now this is what I call ‘feel good music’!


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  1. Gaiter November 27, 2009

    I totally agree. MJB had another hit on her hands when she dropped this BANGER! Dre did her something nice cause the beat is BANANAS!

  2. amar November 27, 2009

    didnt ne-yo write the lyrics family affair
    im pretty sure he did

  3. New York November 27, 2009

    Naw Dre produced Mary wrote it with Dre but her Brother Bruce end up re doing it and this was the out come …… Mary sounds good thatone thang about Mary she never really sing her songs alike and thats why she the Queen……

  4. Anon November 27, 2009

    Sometimes, you guys really show your age. I’m not a true Mary fan, but she was a household name long before 2001. She had # 1 albums on the US pop charts starting in 1997. Family Affair may have done the trick in the UK, but in the US Mary was a “diva” (if hollering at the top of your lungs floats your boat) years before Family Affair. Maybe you should have posted a video from the Share My World album, which opened at #1 on US pop, instead.

  5. James January 14, 2010

    I agree, Mary became a house hold name with “Not Gon Cry” peaked #2 on the Hot 100 & #1 on R&B charts. Prior to that “Real Love” was a top 10 hit too. So, please.

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