"I'm The Only Woman" was such a perfect fit hot young thangs such as myself who loved it when we first heard it. My Life was full of pleading masterfully disguised as strength and catharsis and this track was no different. All Mary wanted K-Ci--we all know the whole album was about him--to do was to recognize that she was the sh*t. All she wanted him to be able to do was treat her with respect. Why can't you understand that if you leave, all of my dreams of us sharing a life together will never come to fruition? So what if I spazzed out on you the other night? Am I not entitled to that sometimes? You know how you act. Sigh. In any case, Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love" sampled for Mary J. Blige's "I'm The Only Woman" is not a coincidence. In fact, "I'm The Only Woman" seems the perfect foil to Curtis' seminal classic, no? All Curtis and Mary want is to give you their love in exchange for yours unyielding. Is that so hard? Damn.
Oh, Mary. I completely understand. It's called your first true love. And chances are, that person is not the person you'll share your life with. This is called growth. And growth hurts. Love hurts. But hopefully not forever. We all know you eventually found the love of your life. And just as My Life was the soundtrack to our early love lives, "I'm The Only Woman" is yet another chronicle in a past we may not live daily, but nonetheless will never forget.