Pain and real life experiences make for great music, and Mary J. Blige has made a career of doing just that. This week, MJB continues her tradition of sharing her trials on wax. With Kanye West paying a visit on the stirring record, Mary releases an empowering single, “Love Yourself” from her upcoming album Strength of a Woman.
Over theatrical piano keys and horns, provided by DJ Camper, the veteran songstress delivers her heartfelt message of remaining stoic throughout life’s hard knocks.
“Truth can be the sweetest pain/It can mess up everything/It’s the only way you know/I’m paying for it, I’m changing for it/Oh, oh, and it hurts/But I’ll make it work/’Cause I’m no beginner/I’m a winner, paid dues, I know my purpose,” the legend sings.
Kanye West’s verse is equally captivating and reminiscent of his College Dropout era.
“I decided not to use my color as a handicap/He a designer, artist, producer, and he rap/Never found virtue from patience/In a dark room just pacin’/Precious time is just wasting/You do not know what we facing/I cannot be complacent/It’s my job, be courageous,” Yeezy raps.
Strength of a Woman comes after the public divorce from her husband of 13 years, Kendu Isaacs. “This is one of my most powerful albums,” the “No More Drama” MJB recently wrote on her official Twitter account.
Strength of a Woman will be released on Friday, April 28.
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) March 30, 2017