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MARY J BLIGE COVERS ELLE MAGAZINE; TALKS NEW ALBUM AND SUPER BOWL HALFTIME PERFORMANCE

Queen of Hip Hop-Soul Mary J Blige covers the latest issue of Elle Magazine, and inside the article she opens up about her new album, her upcoming Super Bowl Half Time performance alongside Dr Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Snoop Dogg.

Check out the highlights below…

On What Inspired Her New Album Good Morning Gorgeous:

“During Mudbound and when I was married, I was feeling so low. I had to pay myself the highest compliments, even if I didn’t believe it, just so I could build myself up. I would do it in the morning, because that’s the time when your hair is not done and you don’t have on makeup. You’re just kind of dealing with yourself for real. Good morning, Gorgeous. I love you. I got you. I need you.”

On Hip Hop Taking Center Stage at The Super Bowl:

“Hip-hop is East Coast. Hip-hop is West Coast. Hip-hop is Europe—this is why it’s going to be so major, because this is what the Super Bowl is showing to people: It’s not just one thing. [Hip-hop] is everywhere.”

Sharing the stage with four other entertainers means Blige will have to shave her discography down to just one song. She’s leaning toward her seminal hit “Family Affair.” The song is a favorite of Dr. Dre, who produced it. Also, Blige says, hip-hop is something of a “Family Affair” in today’s culture: “We are the culture; [hip-hop artists] give people a way to speak. We give people a way to walk. We give people a way to talk. We give people a way to think. That’s what hip-hop and hip-hop soul have done for our culture since [the beginning].”

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