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Mary J. Blige preps set "HERstory Vol.1"

Queen Of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige To Release Box Set ‘HERstory Vol. 1’

The legendary New York songstress will share with her adoring fans an extensive look at her hits and a series of rare remixes from the 1990s.

Written By D.L. Chandler

Posted November 10, 2019

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Mary J. Blige dominated the charts in the 1990s by way of her seamless infusion of Hip-Hop and R&B music, along with passionate vocals that carried emotional peaks and valleys of both tragedy and triumph. Next month, fans of the Queen of Hip Hop Soul will be able to get their hands on an extensive box set, HERstory Vol. 1, that will cover many of Blige’s hits and share some rare mixes in a variety of physical formats.

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Since 1992, Blige has managed to become one of the top acts in her genre both on the road and on the charts, including notching her name in the annals of history as an award-winning actress. With HERstory Vol. 1, those new to Blige or have been riding with her since the beginning will have the opportunity to visit and revisit her classic style over and over again.

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The collection will be released in three physical forms: eight standard-weight black 7-inch vinyl records, a single CD version, a two-LP vinyl set. There will also be a digital set available as well.

HERstory Vol. 1 features tracks and remixes from her smash triple-platinum debut album What’s The 411? including the remix of the title track featuring K-Ci (of Jodeci fame). The set also highlights track from her second album My Life, which also went triple-platinum and features the remix for the single “I Love You” featuring verses from veteran Hip-Hop duo, Smif-N-Wesson and the Grammy Award-winning “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By” featuring Method Man.

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For fans who snag a copy of the physical copy of the box set, they’ll be rewarded with Jay-Z’s “Can’t Knock The Hustle” featuring vocals from Blige from the Brooklyn mogul’s 1996 classic debut album, Reasonable Doubt.

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Mary J. Blige’s HERstory Vol. 1 will be released to the public on December 6. Check out the tracklisting from the double LP below.

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HERstory, Vol. 1 Track Listing (2LP)

Side A

You Remind Me

Real Love (Hip-Hop Remix)

Reminisce (Bad Boy Remix)

Love No Limit (Puff Daddy Mix)

Side B

You Don’t Have to Worry (Remix Main With Rap)

What’s the 411 (Puba Mix)

What’s the 411 (Notorious BIG and K-Ci)

Be Happy

Side C

Mary Jane (All Night Long) (Remix feat. LL Cool J)

I Love You (Remix feat. Smif n Wesson)

I’m Goin’ Down

You Bring Me Joy (LP Version)

Side D

I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By (Puff Daddy Mix feat. Method Man)

Everyday It Rains

Love Is All We Need

Can’t Knock The Hustle [Jay-Z] (** Available on physical versions only)

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I'm hoping these remixes are remastered and sound great without the interludes from Whats the 411 Remix album.

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Reply #1 posted 11/12/19 1:56pm

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OMG if it is one thing I hate about having all of her 12" singles already is that Canada seemed to ONLY get that Uptown Records sleeve. confused

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Reply #2 posted 11/12/19 3:07pm

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I,,,,,nevermind disbelief sigh

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Reply #3 posted 11/13/19 11:55am

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Cinny said:

OMG if it is one thing I hate about having all of her 12" singles already is that Canada seemed to ONLY get that Uptown Records sleeve. confused

Looks vaguely reminiscent of the Beat Street soundtrack.

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I find the tracklist a bit disappointing. And I think What´s the 411 wasn´t really that great of a song to be included here, especially the Puba remix, but to each his own.

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Reply #4 posted 11/13/19 12:29pm

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I'm surprised it doesn't include Dolly My Baby or the Christopher Williams' duet. Maybe for part 2?

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Reply #5 posted 11/14/19 7:20am

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Hamad said:

I,,,,,nevermind disbelief sigh

What ?

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Now you got me curious.

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Reply #6 posted 11/14/19 7:45am

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I consider myself a casual, yet attentive Mary fan and I didn't know she once released a full on 8+ minute cover of Stairway To Heaven. And that it is as bad as it potentially sounds lol

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Reply #7 posted 11/14/19 8:22am

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KoolEaze said:



Hamad said:


I,,,,,nevermind disbelief sigh



What ?


biggrin


Now you got me curious.



It’s a sorry excuse for a compilation, don’t care if it’s the first volume. I hate to see bad things happening for potentially good projects. And this is MJB, why half ass it?
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Reply #8 posted 11/14/19 11:50am

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Hamad said:

KoolEaze said:

What ?

biggrin

Now you got me curious.

It’s a sorry excuse for a compilation, don’t care if it’s the first volume. I hate to see bad things happening for potentially good projects. And this is MJB, why half ass it?

Oh, I see. I totally agree.

I like MJB, used to be a big fan when her debut album and My Life came out, followed her until her fourth or fifth album and kinda lost interest at some point (also saw her live in concert in the late 90s) and I think she deserves a better compilation than this. Odd choice of songs and remixes.

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Reply #9 posted 11/14/19 12:01pm

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KoolEaze said:



Hamad said:


KoolEaze said:


What ?


biggrin


Now you got me curious.



It’s a sorry excuse for a compilation, don’t care if it’s the first volume. I hate to see bad things happening for potentially good projects. And this is MJB, why half ass it?

Oh, I see. I totally agree.


I like MJB, used to be a big fan when her debut album and My Life came out, followed her until her fourth or fifth album and kinda lost interest at some point (also saw her live in concert in the late 90s) and I think she deserves a better compilation than this. Odd choice of songs and remixes.



Exactly! It would’ve been more fruitful had they made remastered limited edition treatment of “My Life” full with the remixes & the songs she did for soundtracks at the time (like her version of Chaka’s “Everlasting Love”).
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Reply #10 posted 11/19/19 10:56am

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StrangeButTrue said:

I'm surprised it doesn't include Dolly My Baby or the Christopher Williams' duet. Maybe for part 2?

YAS

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Reply #11 posted 12/20/19 9:05am

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Actually, I saw it on CD and it was much more tempting as I was USED to seeing those mixes on 12" vinyl. The design was cuter that way too.

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Reply #12 posted 12/20/19 9:15am

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StrangeButTrue said:

Mary Jane (All Night Long) (Remix feat. LL Cool J)
I Love You (Remix feat. Smif n Wesson)

Like, these were from My Life era singles, so they are not on What's The 411? Remix album, but the first half of this release is essentially the 411 Remix album.

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Reply #13 posted 12/20/19 11:36am

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Its criminal that the remix of "Be With You" featuring Lauryn Hill is not included in this set.

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https://www.youtube.com/w...bFI_2xBY2w

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This is golden, classic stuff.

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Reply #14 posted 12/20/19 11:54am

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StrangeButTrue said:

Its criminal that the remix of "Be With You" featuring Lauryn Hill is not included in this set.

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https://www.youtube.com/w...bFI_2xBY2w

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This is golden, classic stuff.


Aw man!!! I forgot about this one. That Delfonics interpolation.. Lauryn Hill also resang their shit on Fugees' "Ready Or Not" and Nas "If I Ruled The World" (Walk Right Up To The Sun)

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Reply #15 posted 12/21/19 5:45pm

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Mary(whom I met at a ULTRA private screening of "MudBound") is really a sweet down to earth women.

Also congrats to her on landing the lead role in the "Power" spin off on the Starz network..

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Well, what do you know, I went and got this on CD and still quite enjoying it. I don't ever remembering hearing Real Love starting with an acapella of the "beena ROUND the world and HIGH and low and" part. It's nice to have some of these 12" mixes on CD.

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I always felt Mary was ahead of her time musically and set the tone for female r&b/hip hop fusion of the 90s
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alphastreet said:

I always felt Mary was ahead of her time musically and set the tone for female r&b/hip hop fusion of the 90s


The style of her album was all about what mixtape DJs were ALL doing by 1991, mixing R&B with hip hop instrumentals, but it took an artist like her to brave it and bring it to the masses.

Ironically, I heard that by 1997 (where this compilation ends) she was asking why everything she sang over had to be a sample. eek

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Cinny said:



alphastreet said:


I always felt Mary was ahead of her time musically and set the tone for female r&b/hip hop fusion of the 90s


The style of her album was all about what mixtape DJs were ALL doing by 1991, mixing R&B with hip hop instrumentals, but it took an artist like her to brave it and bring it to the masses.

Ironically, I heard that by 1997 (where this compilation ends) she was asking why everything she sang over had to be a sample. eek



Yeah true, I meant she made it mainstream/crossover
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Reply #20 posted 01/10/20 11:07am

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alphastreet said:

Cinny said:


The style of her album was all about what mixtape DJs were ALL doing by 1991, mixing R&B with hip hop instrumentals, but it took an artist like her to brave it and bring it to the masses.

Ironically, I heard that by 1997 (where this compilation ends) she was asking why everything she sang over had to be a sample. eek

Yeah true, I meant she made it mainstream/crossover


I agree

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