INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 13: Mary J. Blige performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

“What you say about you is more important than what other people say about you.”  Congratulations to Mary J. Blige for making the “Time100” list!

I am so happy to see my girl Mary J. Blige on the “Time100” list!  I’ve been a Mary fan since her debut album, What’s the 411? and have continued to be inspired by her music, how real she is, her willingness to share what she’s been through and how she’s overcome pain and dark times.


Nas wrote Mary J.’s Time100 aritcle and started if off with: “Mary came up the way we all did. She was a voice for us, but she wasn’t like other R&B artists at the time. She became a household name early because she was a hip-hop artist who also sang. The industry needed someone like that. The streets wanted that. Pop culture wanted that. And she was the one for it because she wasn’t made up. She was the girl around the way with the big earrings. She was like a spokesperson for a particular type of girl coming out of New York and coming out of the streets.”

In this Time100 video Mary talks about her Super Bowl halftime performance, her song “Good Morning Gorgeous,” what she would have said to “13 year old Mary” and more.  During the video Mary J. Blige says, “What you say about you is more important than what other people say about you.”  It’s words like this from Mary J. Blige that put her on the list of inspiring people in my life.


Mary J. Blige In Concert - Las Vegas, NV

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 16: Recording artist Mary J. Blige performs at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on August 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)