“Her Vocals Were Flat”: Chaka Khan Revisits How Mary J. Blige “F-cked Up” Her Signature Hit ‘Sweet Thing’

Published: Thursday 2nd Mar 2023 by Rashad

Queen of Funk Chaka Khan has fans of Adele, Mariah Carey, and Mary J. Blige in a funk after she took to ‘The Originals’ podcast recently to suggest she was disappointed the divas ranked higher than her on Rolling Stone’s infamous “200 Greatest Singers” list.

Stating the mag’s editors need “hearing aids” for the placements, Khan was particularly side-eyed by fans of Blige given their reported positive history.

In fact, the 69-year-old even admitted in the same interview that the two “loved each other” and are good friends but that didn’t stop her from reasserting the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul royally butchered the 1975 classic ‘Sweet Thing’ (Chaka’s signature song).

Look inside to hear the controversial quote.

Revisiting her famous feud with Blige, Khan made it clear she wasn’t ashamed to express her displeasure with the Hip-Hop Soul Queen’s 1992 cover of ‘Sweet.’

“I told Mary J. Blige she fucked it up,” Chaka shared. “Number one, her vocals were flat. And I asked her I said: ‘what time did you, what time of day was it or night, what were you doing when you decided to cover ‘Sweet Thing’ and where were you at when you covered it?’”

She ended her stroll down memory lane by reiterating she and Blige are in a good place.

In fact, fans of the two know they mended their relationship in 2007 and recorded a song together called ‘Disrespectful’ (which won them a GRAMMY the following year).

At present, Mary – who is celebrating the premiere of her new BET talk show ‘Wine Down’ – has not responded to the “f-cked up” comments.

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  1. Petti LaBelle March 2, 2023

    Chaka dear your vocals are flat more often that not these days. She must be back on the coke and hard liquor. This is old news! 30 plus years we already know. Why rehash it over and over again and again! Have some respect for Mary.

    • Anne March 2, 2023

      She was asked about and told the truth, again. Chaka is not exactly the type to dodge a question. The original is a much better vocal rendition. Mary should have brought her A game to a Chaka remake.

  2. Boss March 2, 2023

    If Mary is a boss b****, she’ll have Chaka on her show and discuss it.

    Mary j. Blige with a talk show? Never would have saw that coming. But, okay.

    • Kenya Harris March 2, 2023

      While it may be the truth, who cares tho.
      Song is old asf and no one cares.

      She’s giving me I’m 75 and I’m mad I ain’t do s*** forreal with myself. Pucci too old to sell, voice almost gone so all she can do is scream and yell.


  3. Anne March 2, 2023

    She is being brutally honest…complete truth!

    • Keith April 17, 2023

      I’ve been saying for years that Mary J Blige can’t sing. I likend her vocal skills to an average black woman, singing at karaoke. The only reason she is as popular as she is, is because P. Diddy marketed her but I heifer can’t sing.

  4. Charlez March 2, 2023

    And Mary is STILL more successful and relevant than Cokehead Khan. 30 years of consistent success w/o hating on other artists. This is why I love Patti. She would never be a hater like Aretha and Chaka (BFF’s).

  5. TryNIPiflip March 2, 2023

    B**** bet not hum a song that sound like she bout to say something about or me mention WHITNEY!

  6. TryNIPiflip March 2, 2023

    B**** bet not hum a song that sound like she bout to say something about or mention WHITNEY!

  7. Evi March 2, 2023

    The old legends never gave a f***. They say it like it is. Sorry this crybaby generation can’t handle it. Her and Mary are cool so why are y’all so mad lmfao.

  8. Diabetes UNBOTHERED March 2, 2023

    I’m glad I’m not alone, mjb CANT sing, was NEVER able to sing and will NEVER be able to sing…

    #KWEEN of hiphopsoul FOOD is more like it 😆

    • Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 March 2, 2023

      Girl, stop it lol….listen to You Remind Me or My Life all the way through and see if you don’t get goosebumps! Mary makes you FEEL it, unlike the lessers lmaooooooooooo 👀 ☕️ 🫖 Not to mention Mary’s catalog farts, pissses and s#$&@ on the other gworl’s music 😂 But go awf lol…and I love me some Chaka by the way!

  9. True Tea March 2, 2023

    People like Chaka & Diana Ross are the one’s who have been DISRESPECTED. These Women are actual “pioneers’ who brought innovation to American Music.

    Mainstream music is DEAD because 99% of the Artists are simply recycling what has been done over and over and over and over and over again.

    When older artists brought us a whole new sound….it didn’t sound experimental. It was actually well put together and INFLUENTIAL.

  10. Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 March 2, 2023

    Chile please, Mary doesn’t have a flat ANYTHING lol 🤳🏽💋 I remember Kanye talking about Chaka’s “vocals” during a live performance of Through The Wire 😂 👀 Ye wasn’t lying either lmaooooooooooo 🤣 But go awf auntie Chaka lol ❤️

    • Foster March 29, 2023

      Kanye West is not a musician and can’t spell vocalist. In fact almost NONE of these “stars” of the last 30 years or so can do so. Chaka has PERFECT pitch and can outsing a freakin’ piano. If u like that average sounding ish from MJB, then so be it. Mary sings like she never had any vocal training______anybody from church can match her abilities.

  11. Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 March 2, 2023

    Darkie women are like a bag of lemons—bitter af!

  12. Aloysius March 3, 2023

    MJB is the reason why this song is relevant today, I play this without second thought, infact if it wasn’t for this post I’d never known it was a cover, either way why would someone do a cover to appease the original artist when they’re not buying the music, WE THE PPL LOVE IT, and we bought into it, it’s an amazing song, she should appreciate that she’s able to write such wonderful music rather than tearing down the ppl that love it and wanted to cover it for us.

  13. Keith April 17, 2023

    I’ve been saying for years that Mary J Blige can’t sing. I liken her vocal skills to an average black woman, singing at a karaoke bar on girls night out. There’s nothing special about her voice. The only reason she is popular is because P. Diddy marketed the hell out of her when he was popping. Other than that, the heifer can’t sing.

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