All Mary Needs Is Some ‘Sincerity’

Two things struck me simultaneously the other day as I was listening to DMX: firstly, DMX used to be able to get it hype and convey so many deep emotions all at once and secondly, some dude who was my first love did me wrong when this same DMX song was circulating on the radio. This led me to think about this sad period in my life, which got me to thinking about the sweet shaded center that intersects both DMX and the best contemporary singer of heartache that I know. That sweet spot of this Venn diagram landed squarely on Mary J. Blige. "Sincerity," when it was revealed by Funkmaster Flex in 1999, was a song I literally played hundreds of time in succession because no one else seemed to so effortlessly convey how "I never knew how you could hide every time you told a lie." Wow. If anything, it's in this song that Mary displays so well how she has finally triumphed over that lovesickness that captured her tightly in its grasp on My Life. "Sincerity" is the tale of a woman who has lived a bit more and not afraid to stand alone, nor afraid to have the two best emcees of that time, DMX and Nas,  spit rhymes--not game--about how beautiful their time had been together. But Mary wasn't having it. Ironically, it is this song that I can't not have as frequently as I had it 10 years ago. 

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4 Responses

  1. top five easily. I remember goin in on this snippet in the "Deep Inside" video.

  2. agrees with Lorin.
    This will always be my jam!! And that Bob James sample is the ish!!

  3. YES! I remember this at the end of the Deep Inside video too! I remember soon after hearing it in the vid, i had to track SIncerity down. Its still one of my favorite Mary tracks.
    @err..uhh: Thanks so much for letting us know where the sample came from. Bob James - Nautilus. I'm a sample junkie. I must know the original where a sample came from, so good looking out on that one!

  4. The voice of Mary J. Blige is unmatched. There isn't a song of it I say, "Hmmm, I did not like." She is perfect in everything she does. So the title: Queen of R & B, today!