Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Divorce, Working with Kanye West and more

There’s no holding back Mary J. Blige. Despite her very public divorce, the singer is focusing her energy on her 13th album, Strength of a Woman, which is set to drop on April 28. While on her promo run in New York City, Blige stopped by Power 105.1’s The Angie Martinez Show for an interview. During her candid conversation with host Angie Martinez, Blige opened up about her divorce, her new album, teaming with Kanye West and much more.

Check out excerpts from Blige’s interview with Martinez below:

On why she’s getting a divorce: The overwhelming disrespect. Just disrespect, you’re too familiar, you’re way too familiar and you’re disrespecting me and I know, I can sense that I’m not what you want anymore. Because now you start throwing questions around like “ok why you don’t cook?” I haven’t been cooking. “Why you don’t wear your hair like that?” I never wore my hair like this before what’s up with you? You know, so you start to realize that this man doesn’t want you and he’s just gone all the time and you’re by yourself in the relationship. You realize you’re just by yourself in the relationship and you’re just suffering through it. Now it’s time to do some investigating.

On how she feels about her husband’s spousal support request: He has the power to make it all go away if he just would stop demanding what he’s demanding. And that’s not fair to me because he doesn’t deserve what he’s demanding. It’s not fair that you know, why do I have to pay you and why do you think you deserve this amount of money? Why you think you deserve any money? You know?  You didn’t make me. You’re not God. So I have to pay you? Being my husband and being my manager you say you “helped” me and yeah you helped, but you didn’t build me and this career I was Mary J. Blige before I even met you. So that’s not fair of you. And this is the sickness.

On collaborating with Kanye West: I’m a fan of Kanye I’ve always love Kanye and wanted to work with Kanye. So, I reached out to his manager and got a number on him and began to text him about how I really wanted him and I knew him, we speak you know we see each other but it’s never like “hey Kanye would you do a record with me?” but I knew I needed him on “Love Yourself.” So, texting him back and forth to the point where he was like “you know why don’t you come over and we sit and talk and you know tell me what you want” and the rest is history you know, he’s Kanye. He’s creative.

On her new album Strength of a WomanIt is I mean on the “My Life” album when I was going through everything I was going through and it was dark, it was the first time I ever really spoke personally and said “help me.” Now I’m saying “you know what, I’m a little pissed right now and hurt and all of that, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel, but I’m human and this is hard. This is a lot to deal with.” So, this album just embodies what I’m dealing with. What I have to deal with, every five minutes there’s something going on that makes me want to choke somebody. It’s really really hard you know, but then there’s moment when I go spend time with you and we hang out for our birthdays and it’s the most beautiful time.

Watch Mary J. Blige’s interview with Angie Martinez below.

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Ginette Claudette Releases ‘Twisted’ Music Video

Ginette Claudette shows off her cat burglar skills in the video for her new single, “Twisted.

Directed by Soben Phy, the New York native calls on her down-for-whatever homegirls to raid her unfaithful lover’s home in the Sunset Hollywood Villa.

Claudette tells what it was like shooting her “Twisted” music video. “Don’t get it twisted, sometimes ride-or-die homegirls are all you need to keep a dude in check. I had so much fun shooting this video and bringing that New York state of mind to life with my girls from back home. I feel like every woman should have a squad like this in their corner, you know, just in case.”

“Twisted” is the first single from Claudette’s long-awaited project, which is slated to release later this year via Summerchild Records. The project will serve as the follow-up to 2015’s All the Way, a six-track EP featuring its buzz single “Jump.”

Watch “Twisted” video below.

Miguel Plays The Ultimate Mack in ‘Come Through and Chill’ Video Featuring J. Cole

Just weeks after selecting “Come Through and Chill” as his next radio single, Miguel releases the accompanying visual.

Directed by Kevin Calero, the video features Miguel enjoying his chemistry with a former lover on the set of a steamy photo shoot. He finds it hard splitting his time with his new love and a past fling who calls him at random when she wants to “come through and chill.” J. Cole spits his mean verse using a pay phone to emphasis his lyrical message.

“Come Through and Chill” is currently No. 44 on urban radio after debuting at No. 50 last week (April. 19). The smooth groove, which appears on his third album War & Leisure, has over 25 million streams on Spotify.

Over the last two weekends, Miguel has put on a show for festival-goers at Coachella. He will be performing at the Broccoli City Festival alongside Daniel Caser and H.E.R. this Saturday. This summer, he will co-headline the Smokin’ Grooves Festival.

Watch the video below.

Blvck Rose Releases Visual for ‘Video Girl’ Featuring FùNSHO

Emerging producer Blvck Rose has released the visual for his debut single “Video Girl” featuring FùNSHO.

Directed by Bria Domonique, the kaleidoscopic-clip takes a glimpse into the lives of various women with different interests including yoga, painting, photography and 420. The ladies later join Blvck Rose and FùNSHO at a kickback where he finds himself with more than enough options.

Blvck Rose shared the creative direction for the “Video Girl” visual. “I wanted to perfectly illustrate the feel of the song, which is very groovy, vibey and fun and highlight the variety of beautiful women of the DC-Maryland-Virginia area,” he said. “The vibrant shots showcase each woman in her natural element enjoying the song, and I hope the viewers leave with the message that all women are beautiful in their own way and should be appreciated.”

“Video Girl” will make the track list for Blvck Rose’s forthcoming EP A Half Dozen Roses, which is slated to arrive this summer. The project is expected to tell “an international love story told over futuristic melodic production.”

Watch “Video Girl” below.

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