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#100: Mary J. Blige ‘Be With You’

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Although I have certain suspicions as to how this song ended up on our Top 100 Soul/R&B songs countdown (mainly having to do with the song's title, easily confused with a certain single from The Breakthrough) I have no complaints. Kicking the list off with this Mary J. Blige track is boss, since it's my favorite from the My Life album. It's one of the few that doesn't rely on a familiar classic in lyrics or instrumentation. Chucky Thompson dives in with a completely original composition, establishing that swaggering, post-New Jack, Hip Hop Soul sound that within recent years has given way to something decidedly more Pop and manufactured. The Lauryn Hill remix that followed breathed even more life into the track, extending the course of My Life and whetting our appetites for a remix album that would never come.

Mary J. Blige: "Be With You"


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7 Responses

  1. that's one of my faves too...that and Mary's Joint. very slept on tracks on that classic album.

  2. Ok. IMO, the title track was the best song off of My Life.

  3. "I Love You" would be my fave [i]My Life[/i] joint, with "Be With You" being a veryveryvery close second. She sings her heart out on this song, literally. The pain and longing in her voice is palpable. Mary at her best.

  4. I love this song. It wasn't the best off of My Life but you could feel her pain and the opening line
    "I can't deal with the fact that you don't want me around" is desperate as hell, but so honest.

  5. I thought I was the only one who thought this was the 2nd best song on the album. 'My Life' is first. This album is classic, but don't listen to it if your depressed. It'll have you on the edge of committing suicide with all the pain that is in it.

  6. This particular song wasn't on my list, but I wanted to add the whole My Life album so by default it is. It's an album I'll listen to for years to come, whether times are good or bad, happy or sad.

  7. the entire album bangs. I like the "I love you" remix with Smiff N Wesson, great addition to the track. My Life (the song) is probably one of the best Mary songs ever...but yeah Be With You does have that raw emotion....



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