A wise legend once said, “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else? – Can I get an amen?!? Truer words have never been spoken ever since… Helping to spread that message is Mary J. Blige, Queen of Hip Hop Soul, with the release of her brand new single “Love Yourself” featuring Kanye West!
The tune starts off like a haunting soul ballad, building slowly in the speakers as Mary beings her empowering tale. “It’s been a long way, but I made it here with love/ I made it here with love, love/ Said I’ve been and up and down and I’ve been through it all/ Took a while to know my heart/ Oh, yes, it did, yeah/ Before love like this, you go/ Through the fire and valley lows,” she preaches above the solemn piano chords, before blaring horns and a hard-hitting marching beat come surging in to assist Mary‘s soaring and defiant vocals: “Oh, you gotta love yourself/ If you really wanna be with someone else/ You gotta feed yourself/ Before you feed somebody else/ You gotta stay open, and don’t be foolish/ ‘Cause everybody don’t mean you well…” PREACH MAMA!
All fired up, Kanye comes through for a brief cameo with a powerful verse: “I decided not to use my color as a handicap / He a designer, artist, producer, and he rap,” he spits. “Came from the Chi and wow, look what the fuck they found / A young legend comin’ to shut the summer down.”
“Love Yourself” has got Kanye‘s signature “Power” stamp all over it, but throughout the strong production, Mary still shines – she’s the milk and butter without a doubt.
Along with “Love Yourself,” Mary has also revealed the official tracklist, gorgeous artwork and release date (April 28) for Strength Of A Woman. Featuring production by DJ Camper, Bam, Hit-Boy, and KAYTRANADA, the highly anticipated release will feature new collaborations with Quavo (of Migos), DJ Khaled and Missy Elliot amongst others.
1. Love Yourself (feat. Kanye West)
2. Thick Of It
3. Set Me Free
4. It’s Me
5. Glow Up (feat. Quavo, DJ Khaled and Missy Elliott)
6. U + Me (Love Lesson)
8. Thank You
10. Find The Love
11. Smile (feat. Prince Charlez)
12. Telling The Truth (feat. KAYTRANADA)
13. Strength of a Woman
14. Hello Father
Mary J. Blige’s new album Strength Of A Woman is available for pre-order on iTunes now!