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Mary J. Blige talks about the art of collaboration, being the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul and more

D'Andre Mitchell



More than 50 million albums sold. More than 30 Grammy nominations, including nine wins. Some 25 Top 10 hits of her own, and guest appearances on countless others. She's the defining voice of the past quarter-century of hip-hop and R&B, and one of pop music's greatest collaborators ever.

Yes, Mary J. Blige has lived up to her pitch-perfect nickname, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. Yet at 44, she remains so musically adventurous, so eager to expand her royal reach, that it fails to tell her whole story.

"My core fans, I'm the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to them," Blige said by phone from Atlanta. "To me, I'm the queen of whatever I do."

Blige performs with Keyshia Cole on Sunday night at the USF Sun Dome. Tickets are $50.15 and up. Click here for details.

For our full interview with Mary J. Blige, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 11:26am]


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