Mary J Blige – My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1)
Let me first say that the original My Life is my favorite Mary J album hands down. It was her second cd and had so much emotion in it. So to do a part 2 after 15 years is a bold move. She has grown as an artist and a person since then and she runs the risk of not being able to recreate the magic of the original My Life. The original My Life was very inspirational. The title track My Life makes me feel strong emotion even until this day. If you ever had to struggle or go through difficult times to get somewhere then you can relate. The original also had a strong hip hop influence with the interludes with some of the best hip hop artists at the time (Keith Murray etc.) Sequels rarely live up to greatness of the originals and this CD is no exception. Having said that, I did find some great inspiration on this album. Here are some of my highlights.
Feel Inside is a cool song and frankly is a feel good track. Me being a hip hop dude I can appreciate the legendary Nas. This track is just fun. Content wise she is just trying to be happy in the relationship and she’s telling him how she “feels inside”. This is a good back and forth between her and Nas.
All of my other favorites that have motivational value are all bonus tracks.
You Want This is another feel good favorite.
This Love is For You is a good song and should be a theme song for good people who have great relationships. This is a bouncy track produced by Tricky Stewart. I think this is probably my favorite. Wanna dedicate this to somebody special? You might wanna do that when you hear this one.
While not in love with the song One Life, I’m def in love with the words and message behind the song! I personally feel like with only one life to live we have to give our best effort everyday.
All in all ML2 is a dope album. Very motivational. While I didn’t highlight them she has some cool songs with other artists like Drake and Rick Ross as well.
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