Released: February 11, 2022
Genre: R&B • Hip Hop Soul
Label: 300 • Mary Jane Productions
Producer: Azzouz • D’Mile • DJ Khaled • Streetrunner • London On The Track • Bongo ByTheWay • DJ Camper • H.E.R. • Cool & Dre • Anderson. Paak • J. White Did It
Mary J. Blige is one of the biggest R&B superstars in the world. Celebrating 30 years of being in the entertainment industry, Mary is the definition of a legend. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul announced her fourteenth studio album, titled Good Morning Gorgeous alongside with the announcement of her performing at the 2022 NFL Super Bowl Halftime show. After the release of the title track, and a collaboration with producer DJ Khaled, the album was released on February 11, 2022 via her Mary Jane Productions label, which is in partnership with 300 Entertainment.
An album with elements of R&B, & hip hop soul, Good Morning Gorgeous is a continuation from her previous album, 2017’s Strength of a Woman, which heavily discussed the public and nasty divorce from Kendu “Kendon’t’’ (as my dad likes to call him 😂) Isaacs. While it has themes of melachony & emotional tumult, the album also speaks about positive affirmations, joy, optimism and self-love. One thing I enjoy about this album, is that we see Mary on the different side after dealing from a divorce. The Strength of a Woman album might’ve been about the dark side of divorce, Good Morning Gorgeous gives us the optimistic side of leaving a bad situation, and hoping for the best, and moving on with your life.
The album peaked in the top ten on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at number nine. 30 years into her career, Mary still charting is iconic within itself.
Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you Mary J. Blige’s Good Morning Gorgeous.
Written by Mary J. Blige • Brandon Anderson • Uforo “Bongo” Ebong • Eric Hudson • Adriana Flores • Bryan Ponce
I ain’t never been the type to talk about some shit I never really been through.Mary J. Blige, No Idea, 2022
The album opens with No Idea, which is a song that has Mary in her rapping bag. It is a true Mary hip hop soul record. The song contains a sample of The Altons’ When You Go (That’s When You’ll Know.
Love Will Never
Written by Mary J. Blige • Jocelyn “Jazzy” Donald • Uforo Ebong • Eric Hudson • Phil Lewis
Love Will Never is a song, okay! From a lyrical perspective, the song is about how love feels after it has torn you down. You feel like you’ll never be able to put your all into loving someone again.
Here with Me featuring Anderson. Paak
Written by Mary J. Blige • Brandon Anderson • Ant Clemons • Uforo Ebong
We love a collaboration from two icons! Anderson. Pack and Mary shut it down with this amazing record titled Here with Me. Lyrically, the song is about desiring a deeper connection with someone outside of sex.
Rent Money featuring Dave East
Written by Mary J. Blige ・Shawn Butler ・Dernst Emile II ・Dave East ・ Sean Combs ・Robert Kelly ・Christopher Wallace ・Daron Jones
Rent Money is a cute bop! Featuring Dave East, Rent Money has Mary letting this nigga know what time it is! The song contains a sample of The Notorious B.I.G.’s Fuck You Tonight.
Amazing featured DJ Khaled
Written by Mary J. Blige ・Denisia Andrews ・Brittany Coney ・Khaled Khaled ・Street Runner ・Tank Azzouz ・Willie Cobbs ・Elias McDaniel
Mary taps in producer DJ Khaled for the hip hop & dancehall inspired Amazing. Mary uplifts us bar for bar with the motivation we need to hear. The song contains a sample of Dawn Penn’s hit single You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No).
Spoken Verse: Mary J. Blige & H.E.R.]
So, so I got this concept for this, right? (Mmm)
It’s, it’s like how I finally got a chance to say I’m amazing
I never said that in my life about myself, ever (Mmm)
I never thought it
But just recently in my life, I was like I’m amazing ’cause God said I’m amazing, I’m amazing
So, what I started doing along with that
Like, when I was going through all this bad shit in my life
I started waking up and saying, “Good morning, gorgeous”
Mmm, I like that
No matter what I was doing
No matter what I was going through
I look in the mirror, hungover, not hungover, mad, not mad, whatever
Always going through something and because of the thing playing in my head
About, you know, the way the person was chipping at me and tearing me down, tearing me down
And making me look at myself like I wasn’t enough
And I just gave up and I just wanna say, “Good morning, gorgeous”
Wow, I love that
You should start the song off like that, I love everything…
That’s the song
Good Morning Gorgeous
Written by Mary J. Blige ・Dernst Emile II ・Gabriella Wilson ・David D. Brown ・Tiara Thomas
I need my peace….Mary J. Blige, Good Morning Gorgeous, 2022
We love a lead single chile! The title track is truly a self love anthem that I think is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time. The song gave Mary a number one hit on the Billboard Adult R&B chart.
Come See About Me
Written by Mary J. Blige ・Jocelyn Donald ・Ant Clemons ・Marcelloe Valenzano ・Andre Christopher Lyon ・Leon Michels
One thing Mary is going to do is give us a nice ballad. Come See About Me is easily one of the best songs on the album to me. Definitely one of my highlights on the album.
On Top featuring Fivio Foreign
Written by Mary J. Blige ・ Jocelyn Donald ・Marcelloe Valenzano ・Andre Christopher Lyon ・Jamie Hurton ・Thomas Bell ・Alexander Hart
On Top is a bop! Featuring Fivio Foreign, On Top has Mary once going bar for bar on this amazing song that’s built around an interoplation of Who Run It by Three 6 Mafia, who also sampled the same song that this song samples (The Delfonics’ Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love).
Love Without the Heartbreak
Written by Mary J. Blige ・Brandon Anderson ・Rogét Paak ・Rogét Chahayed ・Alissia Benveniste
Love Without The Heartbreak is so easy to explain. We enjoy the ups that love can bring, and cannot stand the downs of love. This song has the singer expressing how she can experience healthy and genuine love without the heartache it can bring to your life.
Falling in Love
Written by Mary J. Blige ・ Jocelyn Donald ・ London Holmes ・Slim Wav ・Archer
Falling In Love is a gem on the album, and I want this to be the next single to be very honest. It’s the story of my feelings right now and man!
Written by Mary J. Blige ・Bianca Atterberry ・Marcelloe Valenzano ・Andre Christopher Lyon ・Peter Skellern
Enough is a song too! I love the production of this song, because it’s built around a sample of Dee Dee Bridgewater’s My Lonely Room.
Need Love featuring Usher
Written by Mary J. Blige ・Charles A. Hinshaw・ Anthony Jermaine White・ Kim Owens
The album closes with a well-needed duet with Usher, titled Need Love. From a lyrical perspective, the song is about longing for someone you can count on and you need them to stay.
Mary J. Blige proves that even 3 decades in, she still has what it takes to adapt to the music world today and so eloquently done well. Good Morning Gorgeous will go down as one of Mary’s best works. Hopefully the world will start to take notice.