Mary J. Blige's debut album, What's the 411?, was a revolution in disguise. Like her new jack predecessors, Blige combined R&B with hip-hop, but unlike Guy and Bobby Brown, her music was more seductive and sly. More importantly, she sounds grittier and more real than most new jack swingers or female R&B vocalists. Blige can slip between singing and rapping with ease, which is partially the reason why What's the 411? is so successful. It doesn't hurt that her collaborators, from Grand Puba to Sean "Puffy" Combs, help construct backing tracks that are both melodic, relentlessly funky, and sexy.
Performance CreditsMary J. Blige Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Notorious B.I.G. Track Performer
Billy Lawrence Vocals
Craig Mack Track Performer
Tabitha Brace Background Vocals
Tony Dofat Track Performer
Darryl Pearson Multi Instruments
L.A. Reid Drums,Keyboards
Terri Robinson Background Vocals
DeVante Swing Multi Instruments
Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey Background Vocals
Tiffany Hailey Vocals
Dave Hall Drums,Keyboards
Heavy D Track Performer
Technical CreditsBob Brockman Remixing
Patrick Dillett Remixing
Steven Ett Engineer
Mike Fonda Engineer
Ben Garrison Remixing
Kenny "G-Love" Greene Vocal Arrangements
David Kennedy Engineer
Kenny "K-Smoove" Kornegay Producer
Tony Maserati Engineer,Remixing
George Mayers Remixing
Van Morrison Composer
Mark Morales Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Rob Paustian Remixing
Gordon Picket drum programming
Joe Quinde Remixing
L.A. Reid Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Mario Rodriquez Engineer
DeVante Swing Producer
Darin Whittington Producer
Andy Grassi Engineer
Vartan Art Direction
Edward "DJ Eddie F" Ferrell Producer,Engineer
Brett Wright Art Direction
Tim Dawg Executive Producer
Vincent Hurbert Remixing
Vaughn Marrick Remixing
Eric Milteer Vocal Arrangements
Dave Hall Producer
Cool Rah drum programming
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
THIS IS THE BEST MARY J BLIGE ALBUM OF THE 90 S BECAUSE IT HAS ALOT OF GREAT HITS ON THE ALBUM AND IT SHOWCASES MARY AINT GOING NO WHERE.
I love this album. Mary keep doing what you doing girl.
this cd was a classic....it had alot of songs i grew up to and loved,this is when mary was just mary....the cd was hot and she keeps it moving with her many more cds
I LOVE THE WAY SHE REMADE THIS SONG.
I just love Mary's music and it's just getting better. I'v seen her perform twice and I wish I could of seen perform more. I'm her biggest fan! I can relate to her as she was going up the lifestyle she had was like mine but she grew up to an independent woman I saw a big change in her being a fan and I'm happy things were a success for her she deserves more credit. She'll always bring me good memorys as I was going up listing to her 1st CD it was the BOMB!!
This is an early Mary J. Blidge c.d. You will love all the songs on the c.d.
Mary keep up the good work, i can relate.