Mary J. Blige is considered the queen of Hip Hop & Soul with two decades of amazing music. One fact we have always loved about Mary J. Blige is she has always kept it real about her life, struggles, happiness and pain.
Here are some other amazing facts we found interesting about Queen of Hip Hop & Soul Mary J. Blige:
1. Mary J. Blige was born on January 11, 1971, in the Bronx, New York. She never once hid the fact she was Mary from the Yonkers, N.Y. projects.
2. Molested at the age of five by a family friend. Has always been open about her traumas and drug abuse during her earlier years
3. Dropped out of high school in her junior year. She got her GED in 2010.
4. Her warm mix of hip-hop into her R&B stylings and pure talent led to two all-time classic albums, ‘What’s the 411′ and ‘My Life.’
5. At 18, she was the youngest and first female artist to sign to Uptown Records.
6. Performed as a background vocalist in 1989. She sang the hook on Father MC’s forgotten hit, ‘I’ll Do 4 U.’
7. Appeared in the Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Big Poppa’ and ‘One More Chance’ videos.
8. One of the only singers to have Grammys in the R&B, Rap, Pop and Gospel categories.
9. Recorded songs for a joint album called ‘The Best of Both Girls’ with Foxy Brown. The plans got derailed after Brown lost her hearing.
10. Had a successful acting career, including playing Betty Shabazz in the TV movie Betty & Coretta.
Has sold over 50 million albums and, he has won nine Grammy Awards.
Blige and Kendu Isaacs married in 2003, and she became a stepmother to his three children. In 2016, it was reported that the couple had called it quits.