Mary J. Blige's debut album, What's the 411?, was a revolution in disguise. Like her new jack predecessors, Blige combined R&B with hip-hop, but unlike Guy and Bobby Brown, her music was more seductive and sly. More importantly, she sounds grittier and more real than most new jack swingers or female R&B vocalists. Blige can slip between singing and rapping with ease, which is partially the reason why What's the 411? is so successful. It doesn't hurt that her collaborators, from Grand Puba to Sean "Puffy" Combs, help construct backing tracks that are both melodic, relentlessly funky, and sexy.
Performance CreditsMary J. Blige Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Grand Puba Background Vocals,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Billy Lawrence Background Vocals
Tabitha Brace Background Vocals
Busta Rhymes Vocals
Tony Dofat Track Performer
Darryl Pearson Multi Instruments
L.A. Reid Keyboards,Background Vocals
Terri Robinson Background Vocals
DeVante Swing Keyboards,Multi Instruments
Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Dave Hall Drums,Keyboards
Technical CreditsChristopher Williams Contributor
Little Shawn Contributor
Sean "Puffy" Combs Producer
Tony Dofat Producer
Steven Ett Engineer
Mike Fonda Engineer
André Harrell Contributor
David Kennedy Engineer
Clark Kent Contributor
Tony Maserati Engineer
Mark Morales Producer,drum machine
Darryl Pearson Composer
Gordon Picket Programming
L.A. Reid Producer
C.L. Smooth Contributor
DeVante Swing Composer,Producer
Jamie Brown Contributor
Andy Grassi Engineer
Joel "JoJo" Hailey Composer
Kurt Juice Contributor
Dave Hall Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What's the 411? based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
THIS IS THE BEST MARY J BLIGE ALBUM OF THE 90 S BECAUSE IT HAS ALOT OF GREAT HITS ON THE ALBUM AND IT SHOWCASES MARY AINT GOING NO WHERE.
I love this album. Mary keep doing what you doing girl.
this cd was a classic....it had alot of songs i grew up to and loved,this is when mary was just mary....the cd was hot and she keeps it moving with her many more cds
I LOVE THE WAY SHE REMADE THIS SONG.
I just love Mary's music and it's just getting better. I'v seen her perform twice and I wish I could of seen perform more. I'm her biggest fan! I can relate to her as she was going up the lifestyle she had was like mine but she grew up to an independent woman I saw a big change in her being a fan and I'm happy things were a success for her she deserves more credit. She'll always bring me good memorys as I was going up listing to her 1st CD it was the BOMB!!
This is an early Mary J. Blidge c.d. You will love all the songs on the c.d.
Mary keep up the good work, i can relate.