This week brought with it the 25th anniversary of the legendary ‘My Life’ LP by an even more legendary songstress.
Today’s From The Vault comes courtesy of the mighty Mary J. Blige. We give you ‘I’m Goin’ Down.’
For the moody set’s second single, Mary and team went for their Rose Royce cover. A critics favorite, the track’s production was handled by Diddy and Chucky Thompson; it would go on to peaked at #22 on the US Hot 100.
Matthew Rolston directed the song’s visual, a classy monochrome throwback that sees Mary assuming the role of a lounge singer passionately serenading a captivated audience – with lyrics that were ironically anything but romantic.
The shots of the multiple MJBs quite literally goin’ down now stand as some of the most iconic of her career.
25 years on, Ms. Blige is still reigning supreme over the Hip-Hop/Soul scene.
As history would have it, many have tried to drive in her lane but none have succeeded. Whether it’s her unmatched authenticity, poignant vulnerability, or her seismic strength, there’s definitely something about Mary that sets her apart from all her peers.
With a career soon to span over 3 decades, one thing is for sure, Mary will go down in history as one of the greatest to ever do it.
All hail Queen Mary.