Mary J. Blige
HERstory, Vol. 1 takes listeners through the first five or so years of Mary J. Blige’s still-thriving career, primarily focusing on singles from What’s The 411? and My Life (many in rare single-only remix form) as well as her Method Man and Jay-Z collaborations and the relatively rare “Everyday It Rains” off the soundtrack to the 1995 hip-hop documentary The Show. The album will be primarily available as a CD, 2LP or digital set, with a special deluxe box set edition featuring 16 hits and remixes from the same period (a slightly different track list from the standard album) across eight newly-created 7″ singles. Taken together, it’s a solid summary of her first few years on the scene – and, judging by its title, hopefully the first of a series.