Check out Mary J. Blige!
The Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul covers the newest issue of ELLE Magazine.
And the feature comes at an active time for the R&B royal.
For, as well as readying new album ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’ for release on February 11, MJB will be taking center stage two days later on February 13 at the Super Bowl Halftime Show – which she’s headlining alongside Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem.
Beyond posing it up for the Adrienne Raquel lensed shoot, Blige seized the feature to open up about the LP as well as performing on the grandest stage of them all.
Head below for more…
On New Album ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’:
“During Mudbound and when I was married, I was feeling so low. I had to pay myself the highest compliments, even if I didn’t believe it, just so I could build myself up. I would do it in the morning, because that’s the time when your hair is not done and you don’t have on makeup. You’re just kind of dealing with yourself for real. Good morning, Gorgeous. I love you. I got you. I need you.”
On Performing at the Super Bowl:
“It’s like getting an Oscar nomination.
[Having cameoed at the 2001 show with NSYNC] This time I’m going to be front and center—Mary J. Blige, in her glory and greatness and swagger.”
Excerpt On Hip-Hop Taking Center Stage During Halftime:
“Hip-hop is East Coast. Hip-hop is West Coast. Hip-hop is Europe—this is why it’s going to be so major, because this is what the Super Bowl is showing to people: It’s not just one thing. [Hip-hop] is everywhere.”
Sharing the stage with four other entertainers means Blige will have to shave her discography down to just one song. She’s leaning toward her seminal hit “Family Affair.” The song is a favorite of Dr. Dre, who produced it. Also, Blige says, hip-hop is something of a “Family Affair” in today’s culture: “We are the culture; [hip-hop artists] give people a way to speak. We give people a way to walk. We give people a way to talk. We give people a way to think. That’s what hip-hop and hip-hop soul have done for our culture since [the beginning].”
We’re loving Mary’s regal glow!