Mary J Blige’s “Family Affair” is this week’s Throwback Thursday track.
This week’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to my Dad – Daddy Fancye.
Remember Mary J Blige’s 2001 R&B hit “Family Affair?” A very cool party anthem which had everyone’s heads nodding and hips shaking.
It was produced by Dr. Dre and featured on her fifth album, No More Drama. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks from November 3, 2001. It was Blige’s first Hot 100 number-one single.
I was in my last year of high school when this track was released and boy was it on heavy rotation. For some reason my Dad really loved this song – I think it’s the beat.
The song really was quite relevant to me given it’s release year – no more drama (studying my backside off and putting up with stupid in-crowd vs. out-crowd politics) time for celebrating. Time to move on to a new chapter in my life – college and adulthood.
“Family Affair” is perfect for dancing to and losing yourself in the moment, leaving all the ‘drama’ at the door.
Who is Mary J Blige?
Blige was born in The Bronx, New York. She is the second of four children born to parents Cora, a nurse, and Thomas Blige, a jazz musician. Blige’s mother constantly listened to R&B greats Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, and Jean Carne records when Blige was a child. Mary was taught to sing by her father, who later abandoned her and sister LaTonya following his divorce from Cora Blige in 1980. At the age of five, Mary was molested by a family friend.
Mary spent her early years in Richmond Hill, Georgia, where she sang in a Pentecostal church. She later moved to Schlobohm Apartments in Yonkers, New York, where she lived with her mother, older sister, five cousins, and two aunts.
Mary started her career with Sean “Puffy” Combs, who was at the time a 19-year-old A&R executive at Uptown.
From her fashion style to her sound, Blige was completely different from most female artists in the early 1990s. Baseball caps, combat boots, and baggy clothes constituted her signature style.
She is dubbed the reigning “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul”, Mary would go on to be responsible for changing the construct of R&B music. Credited for the musical marriage of hip-hop and R&B, she introduced elements of hip-hop/rap into modern, contemporary R&B/pop music. Using old school hip-hop samples and loops, Mary would bridge “the gap between R&B and rap in a way that no female singer had before.”
The New Yorker says that albums “What’s the 411?” and “My Life”, in hindsight, invented “the sample-heavy sound that reinvigorated urban radio and became a blueprint for nineties hip-hop and R&B.”
She has released products with Carol’s Daughter, and has been the face of M.A.C Viva Glam I specifically remember when she was the annual face of M.A.C. I always love her makeup – her lip looks especially.
Her album “My Life” was rated as one of the greatest albums of all time by both Rolling Stone and Time’s magazine.
These are her album releases to date:
1992: What’s the 411?
1994: My Life
1997: Share My World
2001: No More Drama
2003: Love & Life
2005: The Breakthrough
2007: Growing Pains
2009: Stronger with Each Tear
2011: My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1)
The “Family Affair” video features Mary J. performing in what looks like her club, she is chilling and dancing and palming off the haters and sleazy men. She is there for one purpose only – to get crunk.
Dr. Dre makes a special appearance along with several of Mary’s crazy coloured short wigs. One thing is very obvious in this video – Mary has a fantastically fit body. She flaunts those toned legs in fishnet stockings and revealing denim short shorts along with cropped tops.
Overall it’s a fun light hearted video which captures a carefree night at the club.
Mary J. Blige
Let’s get it crunk, we gonna’ have fun
Up on in this dancery
We got ya open, now ya floatin’
So you gots to dance for me
Don’t need no hateration, holleratin’
In this dancery
Let’s get it percolatin’, while you’re waiting
So just dance for me
Come on everybody get on up
Cause you know we gots to get it crunk
Mary J. is in the spot tonight
As I’mma make it feel alright (Make it feel alright)
Come on baby just party with me
Let loose and set your body free
Leave your situations at the door
So when you step inside jump on the floor
It’s only gonna be about a matter of time
Before you get loose and start loose your mind
Cop you a drink, go head and rock your ice
Cause we celebrating No More Drama in our life
With a great track pumpin’, everybody’s jumpin’
Going ahead and twist your back and get your body bumpin’
I told you leave your situations at the door
So grab somebody and get your ass on the dance floor
We don’t need, don’t need, no haters
Just try to love one another
We just want y’all have a good time
No more drama in your life
Work real hard to make a dime
If you got beef, your problem, not mine
Leave all that BS outside
We’re gonna celebrate all night
Let’s have fun, tonight, no fights
Turn the Dre track way up high
Making you dance all night and I
Got some real heat for ya this time
Doesn’t matter if you’re white or black
Let’s get crunk cause Mary’s back
Do you remember getting crunk to “Family Affair” by Mary J. Blige?