Mary J. Blige and Kanye West just delivered your next "f**k everybody" anthem with their collabo "Love Yourself." On the song, the duo encourages listeners to take care of self after heartbreak and hard times. The single, which starts with Mary singing over a slow blend of keys, quickly transitions into a banger at the one-minute mark. Infectious horns announce the tempo switch, which then launches the track into a percussion-heavy celebration. "Oh, you gotta love yourself / If you really wanna be with someone else / You gotta feed yourself / Before you feed somebody else," she sings in the chorus. Message!
Yeezy joins Mary mid-track, dropping a verse about the African-American community and his goal to make a difference. "I decided not to use my color as a handicap / He a designer, artist, producer and he rap / Never found virtue from patience / In a dark room just pacin' / Precious time is just wastin' / You do not know what we facin' / I cannot be complacent," he raps. Mary closes the track reminding listeners to love themselves to get through the valley and the infectious beat forces you to take another listen.
Mary's been busy lately, promoting her upcoming album Strength of a Woman and being open about her thoughts about love and life post-divorce. Since late last year, Mary has been teasing us with singles from her 13th studio album, which drops April 28th. So far she's released "Thick Of It," "U + Me (Love Lesson)" and now "Love Yourself." This week she also revealed the album's tracklist, which includes the likes of DJ Khaled, Missy Elliott and Kaytranada. While we wait to get more news about Mary's Strength of a Woman, listen to "Love Yourself" below and check out the collection's tracklist when you scroll down.
Mary J. Blige Strength of a Woman tracklist:
1. "Love Yourself" feat. Kanye West
2. "Thick of It"
3. "Set Me Free"
4. "It’s Me"
5. "Glow Up" feat. Quavo, DJ Khaled & Missy Elliott
6. "U + Me (Love Lesson)"
8. "Thank You"
10. "Find the Love"
11. "Smile" feat. Prince Charlez
12. "Telling the Truth" feat. Kaytranada
13. "Strength of a Woman"
14. "Hello Father"