HealthyLivinG: There aren’t many artists that write their own music based on authentic feelings and experiences. But do you write for other artists?
Mary J Blige: I have and I will. It’s not something that I won’t do. I would absolutely write songs for other artists.
HealthyLivinG: Are there any songs that we know well and hear often but have no idea that you worked on them because you’re not the one performing them?
Mary J Blige: It’s a lot of old songs that I didn’t take credit for, a lot of parses on hip hop records, a lot of background stuff that I’ve done for the early days, like Jeff Ray, a lot of older stuff that no one knows that I took part in.
Mary J Blige: Sean Puffy worked as A&R at Uptown Records, the label where I was signed, and at the beginning of my career, before it was a career, I was just sitting there as an artist that nobody knew what to do with, and Puffy came in and discovered me on the shelf. He went to Andre Harrell, who was the head of Uptown Records, and explained to him who I was to the culture of my generation. He was the one who spearheaded the whole thing together for Mary J Blige. He dressed me like Jodeci, my hat turned backwards, baggy Armani suits and kind of put together what he saw in me, which was more like a tomboy, which I was earlier, but a female who could sing and was from the hood. So he kind of cultivated the whole thing and it is because of him that I’m here today.
HealthyLivinG: Do you keep in touch?
Mary J Blige: Puffy is my brother. He’s my family. If it weren’t for him being in my life, just almost managing me through the whole thing and just being a friend and a supporter, heavy supporter, I wouldn’t be here today. He’s more of a friend and a business partner. He’s my brother. He’s someone I love and respect.
Mary J Blige: It wasn’t because the very first time was the My Life album. That’s when I started the relationship, which is my second, my sophomore album. It was so therapeutic. I was in pain and it was like writing a diary. I needed to put it somewhere and I needed to get it out, so it wasn’t hard. But then, through the years, you understand, you learn what you can give and what you can’t give.
Healthy LivinG: You are very fond of your personal trainer. What makes him so good?
Mary J Blige: I met Greg years ago when I was about to do the Breakthrough album. It was one of my biggest, most successful albums in my career and I needed a trainer to get me in shape and rip me up. Not that I haven’t been ripped up before, but I fell off completely and I needed something new; fresh and someone that had something new to offer and new information. Greg was fresh and new, he had so much information
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