Mary J. Blige got her dose of vitamin D while enjoying the sunny beaches of Miami, FL over the weekend (March 17). The R&B singer aka Queen of Hip-Hop Soul was in town for the Jazz In The Garden music festival which also featured performances by other artists like Jill Scott, Ledisi, Ramsey Lewis and more.
Speaking of the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, MJB sat down with the Miami Herald and talked about how grateful she is for her strong 20-year career in the fluctuating industry of music:
“It means a lot, because it was the beginning of an era that changed music. It changed the way things sounded, the new-jack swing and contemporary R&B. Hip-hop soul is what music is now – every rapper is singing over it, every singer’s wanting to sing over it. If it’s not hip-hop soul, it’s four on the floor, which is the club songs. Even if it’s a ballad, it’s hip-hop and it’s soulful, and it means a lot, because it was the beginning of something that changed something.” [Source]
She also spoke about her role in the upcoming musical film, ‘Rock of Ages’ and how that experience has made her want to pursue more acting roles.
Mary will be one of the headling acts this year’s Essence Music Festival which goes down the July 6-8th in New Orleans, LA.