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Mary J. Blige - HERstory Vol. 1 2LP

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Legendary Grammy winning and Oscar nominated singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige releases a collection of her biggest 1990s hits along with rare remixes entitled HERstory, Vol. 1. From her solo 1992 hit "You Remind Me" to the 1993 remix of "What's the 411" featuring K-Ci (of K-Ci and JoJo) and the Notorious B.I.G., HERstory, Vol. 1 tells the story of Mary J. Blige as she first established herself as a tour de force of ‘90s R&B. After a few years as a backing singer for Uptown artists like Father MC, she launched from the projects to stardom, recording her 3x platinum 1992 debut, What's the 411?, with Sean "Puffy" Combs behind the board. 411's singles "You Remind Me," "Real Love," "Reminisce" and "Love No Limit" are represented on HERstory, Vol. 1; the first in its original form, the latter three in remixes. Blige followed up her classic debut with another knockout, My Life, which featured the singles "Be Happy," "I'm Goin' Down," "Mary Jane (All Night Long)," "You Bring Me Joy" and "I Love You." Like its predecessor, My Life went 3 times platinum and gained rave reviews. All five singles appear here; "Mary Jane" in an LL Cool J and Diddy-assisted remix, and "I Love You" featuring the hip-hop duo Smif-N-Wesson. Also featured is "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By," Blige's 1995 duet with Method Man that won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and rocketed to No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100. "Can't Knock the Hustle," the opening track on Jay-Z's 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt, featuring Blige is also featured. Blige wasn't originally slated to appear on the song; when the plan for dance singer Veronica Vasquez to sing on "Hustle" fell through, Blige came through – and instantly made her mark on rap history. HERstory, Vol. 1 is full of these moments, in which an all-time great of R&B and hip-hop soul coalesced a variety of influences and became a global symbol of female empowerment and perseverance.

1. You Remind Me
2. Real Love (Hip-Hop Remix Feat Notorious Big)
3. Reminisce (Bad Boy Remix)
4. Love No Limit (Puff Daddy Mix)
5. You Don’t Have To Worry (Remix Main With Rap)
6. What’s the 411 (Puba Mix)
7. What’s the 411 (Notorious BIG and K-Ci)
8. Be Happy
9. Mary Jane (All Night Long) (Remix feat. LL Cool J)
10. I Love You (Remix feat. Smif n Wesson)
11. I’m Goin’ Down
12. You Bring Me Joy (LP Version)
13. I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By (Puff Daddy Mix feat. Method Man)
14. Everyday It Rains
15. Love Is All We Need
16. Can’t Knock The Hustle [Jay-Z]

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