Maybe because it’s February or The Five Heartbeats was on the other day, but I’ve been on a R&B kick something serious lately. And not just today’s music, but moreso that of yesteryear. The Janet Jacksons, the Jodecis, the Stevie Wonders, the Al Greens, the Dru Hills, the Jagged Edges, the 112s so on and so forth. The other day while commuting home from work, Mary J. Blige’s Drake-assisted single “Mr. Wrong” came on the radio and it hit me. Mary’s been putting out smash after smash since I was in elementary school basically nonstop. Her first single, “You Remind Me,” found on the classic 1992 debut LP What’s The 411?, stands out for a variety of reasons.
One, it was my mother’s favorite Mary song when I was a kid. Two, she’d play it nearly every day while we both rode to school (I attended the same elementary school she taught at). Three, the record is just like wine; it’s gotten even better as the years go by. And four, I challenge you not to hum the hook or nod your head while listening. Who knows how long “The Queen” plans on making music. She’s obviously still in demand, so there’s no reason she couldn’t turn into one of those artists who perform into their 50′s, 60′s and beyond. Mary’s got classic gems for years with “You Remind Me” being one that shines nearly brighter than all of them. Given her catalog, that’s saying something, too.