Jon's a NYC native, a lover of the internet, a pop music peddler, and a passionate supporter of LGBT issues. His current list of vices include Angela Bassett, seltzer water, and sky lanterns. He currently lives in Harlem without a dog.
Mary J. Blige is no stranger to collaborations. The R&B singer has worked with Beyoncé, Drake, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Diddy -- just to name a few. Out of all of the MJB-collabos, none go as far into the realm of '90s-house like the just released team-up with Disclosure, ‘F For You.’
On 'Acura Integurl,' Frank Ocean sings, "When you met me I was Three 6, Pimp C, Bun B, 8Ball and MJG." Even for an R&B artist as young as Frank, it was clear that 8Ball & MJG were music staples for a southern kid from New Orleans. The rap duo's official debut album, 'Comin' Out Hard,' came out 20 years ago on Aug. 1, 1993, and would make an incision on southern rap's trajectory, even if it was overshadowed by more popular debut releases from Wu-Tang Clan ('Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)') and Snoop Dogg ('Doggystyle') that year.
It took Robin Thicke six albums and a good amount of behind-the-scenes writing credits, but he got it: his first No. 1 single with 'Blurred Lines.' The track became an Internet phenomenon from the get-go with the release of its titillating video and the video’s subsequent ban on Youtube. Though it’s No. 1 status was a surprise, Top 40 was never a priority for Robin, and may still not be, but he was aiming for something bigger with his sixth album, also titled 'Blurred Lines.'
As LaFace's first female solo signee, Toni Braxton was all about the voice. At a time when Whitney Houston was reigning supreme off 'The Bodyguard,' Toni seemed to be a response for a cooler more urban vocalist. She had the voice and the appeal for a young crowd listening to new jack swing.
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