Wednesday, December 8, 2010

R&B At Its Finest: Mary J. Blige "Never Been"


What better way to start this segment off than with Mary J. Blige's "Never Been"? From her 6,500,000 copies sold worldwide album "No More Drama" track number 13 "Never Been" gives us the true essence of R&B. With producer Missy Elliott Sampling Mcfadden & Whitehead's "Why Oh Why"'s "crying" string section (In my termanology a string section in any form makes the beat have more meaning hence the word "Cry" Aka "making the beat cry" Check the song you'll understand) and a knocking drum pattern which makes you have no choice but to rock with her meaningful yet plain and simple lyrics of "I never been touched like this/I never been/I never been kissed like this/I never been.

In R&B music I love to say "the simpler the better, the meaningful the more" This song gives off just that...A true flight Check it out...and turn it up!!!!

19 comments:

  1. making the beat cry? I like Ms.A can you elaborate a little more on your term I would love to hear because I totally get it

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  2. Ms.A speak more on making the beat cry!

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  3. I use to love this song Mary use to be so good

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  4. What does making the beat cry mean?

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  5. Well in music in general you have your up tempo songs you have your medium songs and you have (What is often forgotten now) your slow songs/ power ballads.... In music you incorporate your insturments and what I learned in school every instrument can potentially emulate a feeling I.E drums can give you power which could equal a sense of mad or misunderstanding feelings etc...But any form of strings in my opinion equal sadness confusion and crying. at the same time depending on the tempo of the strings give you a feeling of power aswell to me...

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  6. so with long bow strokes of a violin viola or cello to me I hear crying and give any beat more feeling to the listner's ear.. for instance would any of you feel the same about this song if there were no sample of the string section? I wouldn't, it makes you believe what she's saying more to me :)

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  7. Damn sorry guys thats me above

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  8. WOW Ms.A you look at music so much differently than most people that was great!

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  9. Man next time I'm in the studio with some strings I'm going to say make that damn beat cry!! I love it Ms.A!

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  10. Ms.A is like a musical book she knows everything

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  11. Mary use to be amazing back here I love this CD

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  12. Great explanation Ms.A nice

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  13. UMMMMM HMMMMMMMM ok Ms.A ok I like it :)

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  14. Ms.A making the beat cry is my new thing when I do songs with more meaning Good one!

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  15. WOW those strings do make it seem like its crying

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  16. I love it go Ms.A new word

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