Mary J. Blige is the greatest R&B artist of her generation, as well as the greatest R&B artist of all time, period, no question. Her contributions, talent, discography, and evolution in the music industry has all but guaranteed her a MUCH deserved spot in the Hall of Fame. It wasn't solely her beauty, but it was something about her that commanded my attention at a time when I would literally ignore other R&B artists, male and female.
I LOVE these two albums right here. CLASSICS up and down the lineups, these are two albums (in addition to many) that helped defined an era and also helped usher in a new sound of merging hip hop and R&B. Ms. Blige continues to do that well today.