Love & Life CD (2003)

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Mary has showcased her true talent and staying power on Love and Life. Each song is a treat to listen to, while giving a sneak peak into Mary's world. "Press on", is a song that shows Mary's strength, and "Ultimate Relationship" shows her growth. "Feel Like Making Love" is a song in which Mary proves why she's the Queen. Her vocals in this song are reminiscent of when she was young and tender during the My Life days (her second and most critically acclaimed album). "Not Today" feat. Eve, and "Let Me Be The One" are hip hop classics that will be kept on repeat. This album can honestly be played beginning to end without pressing the fast forward button. "When We", and "Willling and Waiting", are two songs that make you feel all good inside when listening to them. You will NOT feel disappointed in this album. Mary J. Blige is responsible with her music, and she holds onto her crown with a firm grip. Listen to this album from beginning to end preferalby with headphones. Study Mary's vocals, her range, her singing style, her soul, her strength, and her passion. Then you will realize why she is considered today's best. Love and Life is definitely classic Mary J. Blige that will shine among any cd collection. You will certainly not be disappointed!

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Mary J. Blige and P. Diddy reunite on this album which is intended as a follow up to the 1994 Grammy Nominated smash "My Life". On "Love And Life" (or as many fans are saying - "My Life: Part 2"), Mary displays a menagerie of vocal abilities from low to high. A number of cuts on the album have a mix tape feel, which works very well. Some of the highlights on this project include the first two singles - "Love @ 1st Sight" featuring Method Man (who delivers a superb rap) and "Oohh!". Sure to be smashes include "When We" and "Not Today"-featuring Eve and produced by Dr. Dre.

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Mary's Back

by Miss Elle on 9/4/2003

Mary is back and better than ever! Love & Life is number 1 this week and it really deserves to be. She has poured her life into these beautiful yet truthful lyrics. This cd is a must have for everyone! Read More

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Mary J. Blige is #1 in the Country!

by nevtobusy@yahoo.com on 9/4/2003

What can be said about this diva, Marys album is long over due and she kept it street because thats where she started. The streets missed you and you have returned with the sounds and songs which we knew you for. Thanks ! Keep up the excellent work because your fans and friends know your just beginning! Read More

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Product Overview

This gorgeously soul-smacked set finds Mary J. Blige reteamed with producer Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. It also sees her joining the restructured Geffen Records. Joining Blige on Love & Life are special guests Jay-Z ("Love & Life Intro"), Eve (the Dr. Dre-produced "Not Today") and 50 Cent ("Let Me Be the 1"). Additionally, Method Man raps on the first single, "Love @ 1st Sight."

Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 60609157
UPC 602498606117
UPC 14 00602498606117
Format CD
Release Date 8/26/2003
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Author Mary J. Blige
Compilation Appearance Show (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Waiting To Exhale
Compilation Appearance 10th Year Anniversary
Compilation Appearance Ironman (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Compilation Appearance Love & Consequences
Compilation Appearance Dr. Dre 2001 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Notorious K.I.M. (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Reasonable Doubt (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Dr. Dre 2001 (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance One Night Only
Compilation Appearance Stillmatic (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Nu Nation Project
Compilation Appearance Mtv Unplugged (Explicit Version) (Live)
Compilation Appearance Brown Sugar
Compilation Appearance Electric Circus (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Street Dreams (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Still Ghetto (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sacred Love
Compilation Appearance Barbershop 2 - Back In Business (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Documentary (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Compilation Appearance Todd Smith
Compilation Appearance Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
Compilation Appearance Bobby-the Movie
Compilation Appearance Curtis (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Twenty Five
Compilation Appearance Twenty Five
Compilation Appearance Ecleftic-2 Sides Ii A Book
Compilation Appearance Call and Response
Compilation Appearance On My Radio
Compilation Appearance Last Kiss(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Last Kiss (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Precious:based On The Novel Push(ost)
Compilation Appearance Rza Hits
Compilation Appearance We The Best Forever(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance We The Best Forever
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Wyclef Jean
Compilation Appearance Something on the Inside: An Inspirational Collection of Songs
Compilation Appearance Rock Of Ages (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Dreams And Nightmares(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dreams And Nightmares
Compilation Appearance TICAL(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance King Kong Of New York
Compilation Appearance Empire: Season One (ost)
Compilation Appearance ICON:METHOD MAN(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Nina Revisited:tribute To Nina Simone
Compilation Appearance Man On The Moon II:legend Of Mr. Rage
Compilation Appearance Man On The Moon 2:Legend Of Mr. Rager(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Man On The Moon 2:Legend Of Mr. Rager(Explicit Version)
Associated Artist/Work Father MC
Associated Artist/Work Method Man
Associated Artist/Work Smooth Jazz All Stars
Associated Artist/Work The Smooth Jazz All Stars
Technical Info
CatalogID 0000956
Lable Name Geffen
Released 08/26/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498606117
Musical Guests
50 Cent
P. Diddy
Jay-Z
Method Man
Eve
Mario Winans
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Mary J. Blige (vocals); Jay Z. P. Diddy, Eve, Method Man, 50 Cent (rap vocals); Sean Foote, Stevie J., Mario Winans (various instruments); Joel Woolfolk (guitar); Mike Elizondo (keyboards, bass); Ron Feemster (keyboards); Kandace Love, Shannon Jones, Terri Robinson (background vocals).
Producers include: Sean "P.Diddy" Combs, Stevie J., D- Nat, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Donald Lawrence.
LOVE & LIFE was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. "Ooh!" was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Perhaps the most telling track on Mary J. Blige's sixth record, LOVE & LIFE, comes on an interlude fairly early in the album, bearing the title "Finally Made It." She rambles back and forth, stream-of-consciousness style about loving her job, about breaks, about spirituality and other things for a little under two minutes. And within the folds of those haphazard moments lies honesty, an earnestness that has flowed through the singer's work since she claimed the crown as Queen of Hip-hop, crooning on WHAT'S THE 411? more than a decade ago.
LOVE & LIFE continues her legacy as she layers resolute, compelling vocals over 1970s-style smooth R&B, suffused through a beat box from the opening track, "Don't Go." As a vanguard at the fusion of hip-hop and R&B, her guest stars transcend the cliche, adding to the songs without overpowering them. Particularly of note are Method Man's turn on "Love @ First Sight" (best line--"you can't spell Mary J. Blige without JB") and Eve's appearance on the funky, off-kilter "Not Today" (as she intros it--"this is another one o' 'em Heartbreak Hotel joints for the ladies"). Through the years, Mary J. has remained true to her game, as real in 2003 as she was when she broke out.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (9/18/03, p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...LOVE's greatest strength is the same as its predecessors': Blige simmering vocal intensity and the way it slowly boils over into catharic exultation..."
Artist Bio
Nobody tells it like Mary. With a voice that is rough and ready, sweet and pure, Mary J. Blige is capable of conveying heartache and happiness in a single musical phrase. A confessional singer, her emotional honesty reflects the great traditions of blues and soul with a ripped-from-the-pages-of-your-diary immediacy that has won her countless honors and a devoted, ever-growing audience around the world. Over the course of twelve years, five studio albums and one live collection, Mary J. Blige never fails to deliver potent R&B/hip hop mantras that work on the head, heart and hips. More than a vocalist, she is an accomplished recording artist known for her electrifying live performances, dramatic videos, and innovative studio productions with a who's-who and who's-hot of musical talents from Elton John to Eve. A quantum leap forward and a welcome return to her roots, love & life, the latest CD from Mary J. Blige (scheduled for release 8/26/03) reunites Mary and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, the producer-performer who crowned her the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. Now a seasoned songwriter (she co-wrote 17 of the album's 18 tracks) as well as a brickhouse vocalist, Mary co-executive produced the album with P. Diddy. They collaborated on many of the album's tracks including the pulsating first single "love @ 1st sight," a tune inspired by her real life romance that features Method Man, as well as "Let Me Be The One" (featuring 50 Cent.) Blige and Combs won a Grammy in 1996 for "I'll Be There/You're All I Need To Get By." "The person I really am is hip hop. That stuff lives in me. I know how to choose whatever sample is the hottest thing because I've lived in the clubs. I've been to block parties since I was 16. I've grown up in hip-hop culture." Reflecting a new-found serenity without forgetting her trademark straight-up messages to players, cheaters, and fools, love & life features club-ready slammers ("Ooh!") tender love ballads ("Special Part of Me") and gospel-flavored songs ("Ultimate Relationship.") "Not Today," featuring Eve, once again pairs her with producer Dr. Dre who produced Mary's #1 smash 2002 single "Family Affair." "This album is more upbeat," she notes. "It's a celebration of coming full circle. It's who I am and who Mary J. Blige has been. " Delivered with conviction and compassion, the songs on love & life are evidence of Mary's spiritual growth and her transcendence over a childhood in the projects of Yonkers, New York and an early success plagued with drama, to her current joy. "Yes she's gotten lost, she's done this and that and she's been trying to figure it out," Mary admits in her typically forthright manner. The team of Combs and Blige helped usher in a stylish, "ghetto fabulous" hybrid of R & B that united gospel and blues-influenced vocals with high-tech funk and rap on Mary's groundbreaking 1991 debut What's The 411? Their follow-up, 1994's My Life set a standard for soul that remains unmatched. It also set her up for some hard life lessons explored on 1997's Share My World and 1999's Mary. With the same inner strength and raw honesty she had used to tackle her personal pain, these uncompromising recordings revealed the universality of Mary's heartaches and demonstrated the healing power of music. "I didn't want to tell my business," she continues. "I had no other choice. I wrote it down and people came back to me and said, 'You saved my life!'" Without even knowing that when they listened to me sing, it helped me, too." Ushering in the 21st century Mary released the triple-platinum No More Drama in 2001. "I always thought my fans were just inner city but people from all over the world and of every color responded to that record. I gave a lot of myself not knowing it was gonna reach so many people." She has also reached them in other arenas, as a budding actress on TV (Strong Medicine on Lifetime) and in the independent film "Prison Song" (co-starring with rapper Q-Tip), as well as in her humanitarian efforts. In addition to filming anti-drug public service announcements, Mary has worked with various education groups and received Rock The Vote's highest honor, the Patrick Lippert Award. She is a tireless fundraiser for people with AIDS and continues as the spokeswoman for MAC's Viva Glam IV with all proceeds from the lipstick earmarked to AIDS education and research. Whether pouring her heart out in a recording booth or on a concert stage or privately learning how to love herself and help others, Mary J. Blige has discovered something powerful. The music that she makes, the songs that have brought so much joy and solace to so many, have also been her own salvation. "Going through all the stuff I went through wasn't in vain because I found out that my job is to give," she concludes. "No More Drama wasn't just an album, it was a transition in my life. I was tired of suffering, of the hustle and hassle of everyday life. I figured out that all along, the problem had been pride and ignorance. Right now I'm growing, I'm learning, and I'm listening. I realized that I need to hear the truth and that the truth is setting me free. And what you hear on love & life is the truth and my willingness to embrace it."
Disc 1
1 Love & Life - (featuring Jay-Z)
2 Don't Go
3 When We
4 Not Today - (featuring Eve)
5 Finally Made It - (interlude)
6 Ooh!
7 Let Me Be The 1 - (featuring 50 Cent)
8 Love @ First Sight - (featuring Method Man)
9 Willing & Waiting
10 Free - (interlude)
11 Friends
12 Press On
13 Feel Like Making Love
14 It's A Wrap
15 Message In Our Music - (interlude)
16 All My Love
17 Special Part Of Me
18 Ultimate Relationship
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