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Mary J. Blige & A$AP Rocky Perform at BET Awards

Mary J. Blige BET Awards

If any younger viewers doubted it, or weren’t in the know, Mary J. Blige showed off why she’s still the Queen of Hip Hop Soul on Sunday night at the 2017 BET Award.

The R&B legend brought her emotional new album, Strength of a Woman to the stage with a medley performance that everyone should be talking about.

Kicking off her set with “Set Me Free,” Mary launched into the song that was likely written with her estranged husband Kendu Isaacs in mind. “There’s a special place in hell for you,” she sang. “You gon’ pay for what you did to me.”

But soon, the horns came out and her attitude shifted to self-love on “Love Yourself (Remix).” Joined by A$AP Rocky, a group of musicians, and Black Panther-inspired men, Mary explained the importance of loving oneself through turmoil.

Watch Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman medley below.

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PressPlay: 25 R&B Videos To Kick Off Summer

R&B Videos Summer

Summer is here and in case you were wondering, I’m just as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. Though each season holds its own weight in my book, there’s just something about summer that can make anyone feel their best and want to shine every chance they can. While everyone has their different reasons for feeling so good when summer creeps around, we here at ThisIsRnB will always give some of the credit to our playlist of summer R&B songs for that overwhelming emotion that the season brings out of us.

Although today’s R&B artists can still deliver a solid feel good sound for summer (i.e. DJ Khaled’s Rihanna and Bryson Tiller-assisted “Wild Thoughts“), there’s no denying that the majority of the top summer vibes came from the ’90s and early 2000s. Likewise, those same artists were all about making videos to match that same vibe and as a result, turned each summer into the biggest party that we would experience all year-long. So as an ode to those tracks and inspiration to make the next few months the best of your year, we decided to set you up with a dope list of R&B videos that are sure to set your summer off proper.

Excited about letting the top back, pulling out the shawt shawts, and getting tipsy on the rooftop? Jump into these 25 nostalgic summer videos to hype you up for your first day out (no Gucci) this season.

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Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Xscape & More Added to BET Awards 17

Mary J. Blige Maxwell

The BET Awards 17 continues to get hotter and hotter.

Announcing more new surprise additions to the lineup of all-star performers, the network has confirmed today (June 20) that R&B legends Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, El Debarge, and in their first-ever BET Awards performance, Xscape will be hitting the stage!

The newly-added featured performers list continues with rising R&B stars SZA and Khalid, along with rappers A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci Mane, Swae Lee, and musician Kamasi Washington.

The recent additions come greatly welcomed to the already exciting list of previously announced hitmakers including Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Big Sean, Future, Migos, Trey Songz, Tamar Braxton, New Edition and more.

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New Music: Mary J. Blige feat. Ty Dolla $ign – U + Me (Love Lesson) (Remix)

Mary J. Blige has another growing hit on her hands with the second single off her new album, Strength of a Woman.

Along with debuting the absolutely stunning music video for the A$AP Rocky remix of “Love Yourself,” we get a surprise remix to “U + Me (Love Lesson)” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

The rapper/singer adds his own younger perspective while taking the role of the male in the situation, admitting to the grown lessons he has learned from her.

“Swear you showed me how to love and what it really means / 10 toes stomped down, had to leave them hoes alone and hold my baby down,” he sings.

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New Video: Mary J. Blige feat. A$AP Rocky – Love Yourself

Mary J. Blige brings her compelling song “Love Yourself” to our screens with a stunning visual for the A$AP Rocky remix.

The Queen brings vintage New York to the set in diverse scenes. She opens in a dimly lit apartment sipping a drink in an armchair, and then appears in a glamorous gown while singing in front of a piano player under a large chandelier. Later, MJB shows off her gangster side rocking a red fur while singing from an old-school Lincoln Continental with suicide doors, as bodyguards stand around.

Adding his own diverse perspectives for his appearance, A$AP Rocky shows off 3 different personas of himself. Two Flacko’s split rhymes back-and-forth in a room in a casual wear, before a dapper Rocky joins Mary to finish his verse.

This version of “Love Yourself” is a remix to the Kanye West-assisted original, which appears on Mary’s Strength of a Woman. It follows videos for “Thick of It” and the title track.

Blige will be performing at select shows and festivals in Europe before headlining the ESSENCE Festival on July 1, and kicking off her “Strength of a Woman Tour” July 3 in Atlantic City.

Watch “Love Yourself” below!

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Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Strength of a Woman,’ Divorce & ESSENCE “Ladies Night” Concert

Hot off the release of her stellar new album Strength of a Woman, Mary J. Blige paid a visit to ESSENCE Live for a new interview with host Cori Murray.

During their conversation, Mary spoke about the process of creating and recording her new album, which is heavily inspired by her public divorce from Martin ‘Kendu’ Isaacs.

“It started off for me fighting for my life, fighting for my marriage, fighting to still exist in the music business,” said Blige. “Then it turned into me fighting for my life, period. As bad as the situation is, it all turned out to be positive.”

She addressed moving past their split as well, “There’s light at the end of the tunnel for me,” said Mary. “This is a heavy thing, but I’m not going to let it kill me.

With her upcoming headlining performance at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival, the multi Grammy Award winner spoke about bringing together a strong all female line-up for the first “Ladies Night” concert with Chaka Khan, Jazmine Sullivan, Monica, Jill Scott and more.

Check out the interview below.

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Watch Mary J. Blige Perform Medley of Hits on ‘TODAY’

Before heading out on her “Strength of a Woman Live” tour, Mary J. Blige gave fans a dose of what they can expect with a medley on NBC’s “Today.”

As part of the Citi Concert Series, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul performed two new tracks from her recently-released 13th studio album Strength of a Woman, “Thick of It” and “U + Me (Love Lesson).”

“It’s a special emotion when my fans hear the new songs and they can relate and they understand,” said Blige. “That means we can relate to each other so the energy that’s given back and forth is just amazing. You can’t even understand what it feels like to have people relate to you.”

Specifically, these songs deal with the ongoing legal woes surrounding her divorce from Martin “Kendu” Isaacs. Addressing this, Mary said it’s always important to use music as a release.

“It’s a blessing that I can take all my trials and tribulations,” she said. “Everybody knows what’s going on. It’s awful. It’s a bad thing. I don’t want to keep talking so much but it is what it is. I wouldn’t be Mary J. Blige if I couldn’t use my own music as therapy to get me through these things. Right now, I’m healing as well.”

But Mary didn’t only perform her new songs. She also broke fans off with “Family Affair,” starting a dancery in the middle of Rockefeller Plaza. The song’s upbeat tempo is indicative of what fans can expect from her upcoming tour, which kicks off July 1 at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

“Expect [us] to do what we do,” she said. “We celebrate life because we come through so many trials, and life is hard as it is, but life is good and we are coming to celebrate the good of life. We’re gonna have a good time.”

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Mary J. Blige Announces “Strength of a Woman Tour”

Mary J. Blige is bringing her ‘Strength’ to a city near you this summer!

Hot on the heels of releasing her acclaimed new album, Strength of a Woman, the 9x Grammy Award-winner has announced her upcoming “Strength of a Woman Tour,” which kicks off July 30 in Chicago.

The North American trek is scheduled to travel to 21 cities, including New York, Atlanta, Miami, Nashville, Dallas, Los Angeles, and more before culminating Sept. 9 in Oakland, CA at The Paramount Theatre.

Blige has invited fellow R&B songstress Lalah Hathaway to join the tour as her supporting act. The tour will continue to support the release of Mary’s 13th studio album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Album Chart.

See the full tour itinerary and ticket info below.

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