Mary J. Blige’s ‘My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1)’

Mary J. Blige’s ‘My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1)’ is her tenth studio album released as a sequel to her 1994 album ‘My Life’ on November 21, 2011 by Matriarch.

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Track Listing : 1.Intro (Mary J. Blige, Jerry Duplessis, Kendu Isaac, Arden Altino, Sean Combs) – 01:16 . 2.Feel Inside (Mary J. Bligeandrea Martin, Duplessis, Altino, Nasir Jones, Dennis Coles, Robert Diggs, Gary Grice, Lamont Hawkins, Darryl Hill, Jason Hunter, Russell Jones, Clifford Smith, Elgin Turner, Corey Woods) – 05:07 . 3.Midnight Drive (Richard Butler, Jr., Pierre Medor) – 04:12 . 4.Next Level (Mary J. Blige, Richard Butler, Trevor Smith, Jr., N. Hills) – 04:13 . 5.Ain’T Nobody (David “Hawk” Wolinski) – 04:03 . 6.25/8 (Mary J. Blige, Crystal Johnson, Eric Hudson, Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Al Sherrod Lambert) – 03:55 . 7.Don’T Mind (Mary J. Blige, Priscilla Renea, Duplessis) – 03:57 . 8.No Condition (Mary J. Blige, Kevin Cossom, M. Aracia, N. Hills) – 04:27 . 9.Mr. Wrong (James Scheffer, Aubrey Drake Graham, Richard Butler, Daniel Morris, Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, C. Gilbert) – 04:01 . 10.Why (Mary J. Blige, Dave Young, Eric Hudson, William Roberts Ii) – 04:21 . 11.Love A Woman (Mary J. Blige, Sean Garrett, Beyoncé Knowles, Menardini Timothee) – 04:31 . 12.Empty Prayers (Mary J. Blige, Christopher Stewart, Crystal Johnson, Kenneth Coby) – 03:15 . 13.Need Someone (Matt Morris) – 03:55 . 14.The Living Proof (Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason, Damon Thomas) – 05:55

Musicians : Mary J. Blige – Vocals . Beyoncé – Vocals On (11) . Brook Lynn – Vocals On (3) . Drake – Vocals On (9) . Nas – Vocals On (2) . Rick Ross – Vocals On (10) . Busta Rhymes – Vocals On (4) . Martin Terefe – Bass, Guitar . Per Lindvall – Drums . Paul Pesco – Guitar . Oliver “Akos” Castelli – Keyboards . Akene Dunkley – Keyboards . Borham Lee – Keyboards . Danny Morris – Keyboards . Jim Jonsin – Keyboards . Pierre Medor – Keyboards . Glen Scott – Piano . David Davidson – Violin . Danny Keane – Cello . Max Baillie – Viola . Emma Smith – Violin . Kevin Cossum – Vocals . Cristyle – Vocals (Background) . Rico Love – Vocals (Background)

Production : Produced By Jerry Wonda, Kendu Issac, Arden Altino, Rico Love, Pierre Medor, Danja, Darkchild, Eric Hudson, Jim Jonsin, Sean Garrett, Team S. Dot, Bridgetown, Tricky Stewart, Martin Terefe, The Underdogs, Harmony Samuels, Tank, Kevin Randolph, T$N, Stargate, Calvin Harris, Lil Ronnie, Brandon “B.A.M.” Alexander . Danny “Stems” Cheung – Engineer . Dyre Gormsen – Engineer . Josh Gudwin – Engineer . Nikolas Marzouca – Engineer . Mike “Snotty” Miller – Engineer . Chris “Tek” O’Ryan – Engineer . Brian “B-Luv” Thomas – Engineer . Sergio “Sergical” Tsai – Engineer . Andrew Wuepper – Engineer . Matt Champlin – Engineer, Mixing . Ron Fair – Engineer . Stuart White – Engineer . Dave Kutch – Mastering . Jaycen Joshua – Mixing . Robert Marks – Mixing . Peter Mokran – Mixing . Gennaro Schianno – Mixing . Kendu Isaacs – Mixing . Harvey Mason, Jr. – Mixing . Marcella Araica – Engineer . Pierre Medor – Engineer . Jesus Garnica – Mixing Assistant

Package : David Calderley – Art Direction . Kim Kimble – Hair Stylist . D’Andre Michael – Make-Up, Photography . Indrani – Photography . Klinko – Photography . Marni Senofonte – Stylist

Recorded 2010–11.

Released On November 21, 2011 By Matriarch.

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Slant Magazine
In function, My Life II is Blige flashing the chinks in her armor like a badge of honor, compared to My Life’s messy but vibrant force of sheer existence. Maybe she really did need Diddy’s help this time around. […]

CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
Truly, this is more of an extension than a sequel, with Blige showing once more that she can go from tripped-out, beat-heavy tracks to earnest love songs in a momentand that “moment” is something she inhabits achingly well. […]

Billboard
Mary J. Blige, ‘My Life II’: Track-By-Track ReviewAs deep from the pit of her heart as in “My Life,” Mary J. Blige sings of the highs and lows of the new state of love and life the singer is in, healthier but still intertwined with harsh reality and heartbreak. […]

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