Mary J Blige What's The 411? Review

Released 1996.  

BBC Review

Remains one of Blige's finest albums.

David O'Donnell 2008

What's The 411? is, arguably, one of the most important albums of the nineties. Not only did it signal the arrival of the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, but it also broke every rule in the book, fusing hip hop beats with R&B melodies. The album created a recipe that would lead to the contemporary R&B sound of today.

Mary's sweet, soulful vocals sung over Puff Daddy's rough, jagged, hip-hop beats made for a winning combination that remains one of Blige's finest albums and stands up to scrutiny almost 17 years on from its original 1991 release.

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