No More Drama (Mary J. Blige) (2014) Like Bill Clinton, Blige can ignore drama all she wants, but it keeps coming back at her. Her sixth album finds her dissing backstabbers and… Mary J. Blige Hip-Hop/Rap R&B
Music Review

No More Drama (Mary J. Blige) (2014)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Lead Performance: Mary J. Blige; Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B

Like Bill Clinton, Blige can ignore drama all she wants, but it keeps coming back at her. Her sixth album finds her dissing backstabbers and gold-digging males while asserting her own supposedly positive mind-set. It's the stuff of recent records by Blige heirs like Blu Cantrell and Sunshine Anderson, but ''No More Drama'' bests them all in the music and personality departments. From the Dre-produced theatricality of the single ''Family Affair'' to refined funk and crisp quiet-storm R&B, the multi-producer arrangements are expansive yet warm, and Blige's pushy rasp has never sounded better. Anyone who hires a choir to chant ''PMS!'' in a slow jam of the same name is the best sort of drama queen.

Originally posted Sep 07, 2001 Published in issue #612-613 Sep 07, 2001 Order article reprints