In the October issue of Essence mag, Mary not only graces the cover but she answers questions sent in by fans around the world. From staying relevant in today’s music industry, to overcoming domestic violence, drug use and an evolving fashion sense.
Do you feel any pressure to keep pumping out hits because of the younger artists?—Angie Kyles, Los Angeles
MARY J. BLIGE: I feel no pressure. I pump out hits for my fans. They just want to hear from me. I don’t compete with the young generation, I learn from them. I listen to what they’re saying, so I can get a little bit of that, so we can cross, so we can have an understanding and hear each other.
Will you ever sing “I Don’t Want to Do Anything Else” [her duet with Jodeci's K-Ci] live again? Angela Ervin—Greensboro, North Carolina
No. I mean, if I sing it with someone else, yes.
I always wondered why, and I’m not hating on Faith Evans (I love her too), but were you to be the First Lady of Bad Boy?—Erica Neal,Columbus, Ohio
If I wasn’t signed to MCA, it could have been me, which I believe Puff would have wanted. But I understand Puff is a businessman, so he had to go get his First Lady, which I understand. It took me a couple of years to understand, but you know, after a while I was like, “Oh, okay. He had to do that,” because he didn’t have a female artist over there.
People tend to forget just how long Mary has been in the game so I can understand people wanting to gain knowledge from her experiences. Glad to see she’s still doing her thing.
BTW, Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” comes out this Friday in a theatre near you. Mary has a supporting role so go check it out.