No More Drama [US Bonus Tracks]

No More Drama [US Bonus Tracks]

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by Mary J. Blige
     
 

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Since Mary J. Blige, the queen of hip-hop soul, made her debut with the 1992 urban music classic What's the 411?, she's been a poster child for dramaholics everywhere. Blige's self-destructive tendencies -- her tumultuous love affair with Jodeci's K-Ci Hailey, her rumored heavy drinking, and her overall bad attitude -- made for good water-cooler banter early inSee more details below

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Since Mary J. Blige, the queen of hip-hop soul, made her debut with the 1992 urban music classic What's the 411?, she's been a poster child for dramaholics everywhere. Blige's self-destructive tendencies -- her tumultuous love affair with Jodeci's K-Ci Hailey, her rumored heavy drinking, and her overall bad attitude -- made for good water-cooler banter early in her career, but it's that inner turmoil that makes her music so compelling. With her fifth studio disc, No More Drama, however, Blige has undergone a miraculous transformation. No longer is she yearning to "Be Happy," as she did so painstakingly on 1994's soul-searching My Life. On Drama's bass-heavy, mid-tempo groove "Destiny," Blige proclaims that she's "finally happy" and ready to broaden her horizons. And that upbeat mood permeates the disc. From the funky, Dr. Dre-produced first single, "Family Affair," where MJB orders partygoers to stop the "hateration" and start the "holleration," to the comical blues number "PMS" (featuring guitar licks by Lenny Kravitz), where she jokingly sings, "My lower back is aching and my clothes don't fit/Now ain't that a bitch," Blige's spirits seem elevated, and her vocals sound more inspired than they did on 1999's cathartic Mary. The entire disc, which boasts production by Swizz Beatz, the Neptunes, and Missy Elliott, is exceptional, but it's the title track that makes the most lasting impression. Over a sample of the piano-heavy theme to the soap opera The Young & the Restless, Blige proclaims, "No one's gonna make me hurt again," before the song climaxes with a gospel choir chanting, "No more drama." Amen to that, Sister Mary! Exorcising one's demons never sounded better. And the remix disc boasts bonus tracks featuring rappers P. Diddy ("No More Drama" remix), Ja Rule ("Rainy Dayz") , and Common ("Dance For Me" remix).

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Liana Jonas
Mary J. Blige has come a long way since 1992's breakthrough, What's the 411?, and that's made very clear on this solid disc. The singer/songwriter has blossomed into an all-out R&B diva -- with a hip-hop edge -- full of soul and command. Her songs on this recording exude the wisdom of a woman who's seen it all and has found her center. The woman's voice is truly inimitable. It's husky, strong, soulful, and full of maturity. She can still flow like no one's business, too; just check out the bouncy album opener "Love." While love is a common theme, No More Drama is essentially a personal journey through evolution and spirituality. The final cut, "Testimony," best summarizes the album's theme: finding what's real in life. For Blige, that's self-love and God. Blige has a killer instinct for penning lyrics that people can relate to and creating gritty, thick, and soul-infused R&B fare. Her music is more than heard. It is felt, and audiences would be hard-pressed to not surrender to her groove. [No More Drama was re-released in early 2002 with a handful of different tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811280826
catalogNumber:
112808
Rank:
28453

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary J. Blige   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lou Perez   Background Vocals
Lenny Kravitz   Electric Guitar
Mark Whitfield   Guitar
Galaxy   Multi Instruments
John DuBois   Guitar
Eve   Vocals
David Hughes   Background Vocals
David Hurst   Background Vocals
Jimmy Jam   Multi Instruments
Terry Lewis   Multi Instruments
Terri Robinson   Background Vocals
Mike Scott   Guitar
Missy Elliott   Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Common   Rap
Pharrell Williams   Vocals
James "Big Jim" Wright   Organ,Background Vocals
Tara Geter-Tillman   Background Vocals
Camara Kambon   Keyboards
Ja Rule   Vocals,Rap
Ell Lishinski   Guitar
Rich Harrison   Multi Instruments
Puff Daddy   Track Performer
Montina Cooper   Background Vocals
Kenny Flav   Multi Instruments
Jewelynn Green   Background Vocals
Eric Lorde   Keyboards
Marshane Smith   Rap
LaTonia Wright Hughes   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Barry De Vorzon   Composer
Dr. Dre   Producer
Swiz   Producer
Mary J. Blige   Executive Producer
Perry Botkin   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Remixing
Kiyamma Griffin   Producer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
David Irvin   Art Direction
Jimmy Jam   Producer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer
Michael Patterson   Engineer
Angela Piva   Pro-Tools
Herb Powers   Mastering
Alexander Richbourg   drum programming
Ken Schubert   Engineer
Mario Winans   Programming,Remixing
James Harris   Composer
Missy Elliott   Producer
Bill Importico   Engineer
Mauricio Iragorri   Engineer
Jason Goldstein   Engineer
Chucky Thompson   Producer
Matt Knobel   Engineer
Latonya Blige Decosta   Associate Executive Producer
Irv Gotti   Producer
Rockwilder   Producer
Michelle Bell   Vocal Arrangements
Brian Garten   Engineer
Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence   Producer
Neptunes   Producer
Don Pooh   Associate Executive Producer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Grease   Producer
Soul Diggas   Producer
Yuri Zwadluk   Engineer
Floyd Howard   Producer
Chris Ribando   Engineer
Gerald Isaac   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Eric "Ebo" Butler   Engineer
Henri Charlemagne   Producer
Rich Harrison   Producer
J. Garfield   Programming
Hitman   Remixing
Rodd Fairall   Engineer
K-1 Million   Producer
Milwaukee Buck   Engineer
Michael "Wolf" Reaves   Engineer

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