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Mary J. Blige Confirms DJ Premier On Upcoming Album “My Life II: The Journey Continues”

Nearly two decades after releasing her ‘My Life’ album, Mary J. Blige is prepping the follow-up later this year and despite the name, she says the content is totally different.

On ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues’ the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul says fans can expect the same passionate vocals that she’s become famous for, but Blige, now 40 years old and married, is more equipped to deal with obstacles that come her way. “I would say I’ve learned that trials and tribulations will continue to stand but the beauty is I know how to deal with navigating [through] them now,” she tells the BoomBox. “As long as you’re living, you’re going to have [to deal with] life.”

While production and writing credits include Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Bangladesh and DJ Premier, Blige says that she will keep guest features light as she narrows down tracks for the final project. “Right now, we don’t have any features except for Fabulous,” she reveals.

The original ‘My Life’ was released in 1994, and featured the hit singles, ‘Be Happy’ and ‘I’m Going Down.’ Executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, the album peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard album charts selling 200,000 copies in its first week.

‘My Life II: The Journey Continues’ hits stores Oct. 4.


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Preemish: Headkrack – Clear (As Live As It Gets) (Cuts by DJ MP) (Prod. by The ARE)

Here we go again,

first of all I want to note something quickly in order to prevent grumbling in future: It’s not the goal to encourage people to try as hard as possible to sound like Premier with this section. If you sit down and do a beat then let your creativity run. That should be the highest priority to any beatmaker. If it turns out your beat has a similarity to Preemo’s swing in the end then that’s the way it is. Neither do I struggle finding some kind of replacement cause no one wants that nor is it possible anyway. However, if you love Premier’s sound (who doesn’t?) chances are high you will also like let’s say Dilated Peoples just as an example and that’s where this section comes into play. That’s why we’re talking about artists whose music is – sometimes more or sometimes just on individual tracks- inspired by Premier, so see it as a suggestion to check out and listen to some other artists that share the same passion or do I write a summarizing text out of sheer fun to the entries?! So if you get that and still don’t like it: scroll down! To those who like it: Let’s go!

Headkrack the Gat is most known for his collaborations with K-Otix. He appeared on several K-Otix tracks such as the classic underground cut “Untitled” or on “The Hustler’s Theme”, a solo album of K.O.’s former inhouse producer The ARE. Speaking of The ARE: He’s been around for a long time and I think most have already heard of him. He’s a fucking beast on the MPC. From time to time The Are and Krack do some single joints like “Grizzly” or the banger “War” (“3000 Light Years” with Kay from ’06) which I had to think twice if I should rather pick that for this entry. Apart from his collaborations with K-Otix and several features on various compilations, Headkrack did the Mixtape “Second Renaissance” and is currently working on an album with two other MC’s (“Travii” and “Keynote”) called “The Bodega Brovas”. And now let’s get to the track, “Clear” was Krack’s debut 12” from ’99 which was done in the meantime between K.O.’s “Spontaneity” EP (’97) and their first album “Universal” (’01), both very dope albums by the way.

Headkrack – Clear (As Live As It Gets) (Cuts by DJ MP) (Prod. by The ARE)

if you take offence, fuck it, got to be that way,