What's the 411?

What's the 411?

by Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige
What's the 411?

What's the 411?

by Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige


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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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/28/1992
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811068127
catalogNumber: 10681
Rank: 2146


  1. Leave a Message
  2. Reminisce
  3. Real Love
  4. You Remind Me
  5. Intro Talk
  6. Sweet Thing
  7. Love No Limit
  8. I Don't Want to Do Anything
  9. Slow Down
  10. My Love
  11. Changes I've Been Going Through
  12. What's the 411?

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary 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 "Jam" Hall   Drums,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Christopher 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 "Jam" Hall   Producer

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