Updated: Aug 6, 2021
If you’re a child, teen or an adult of the 90’s then you are aware of Mary J. Blige’s classic 1994 album, My Life. This was an album that not only changed Mary j. Blige’s life but all who listened to it as well. The documentary about My Life was directed by Vanessa Roth who gives us the fans an insight to what Mary was going through at the time she recorded this album and how My Life not only changed her life but her fans as well.
Mary J. Blige has been known to make music that showcases pain, and this is the album that gave her that tag. We feel the pain through her songs because we, her fans went through something similar. We feel the hope in her music as well when she’s sees the light through all the darkness. This documentary not only gives you insight to what Mary was going through but the people that worked on My Life too. We see that Sean “Puffy” Combs was going through a breakup with his girlfriend at the time, Misha Hylton, who was Mary J. Blige’s stylist and the mother of Combs’ oldest son, Justin. We see that producer Chucky Thompson and writer Big Bub (From the group Today) all were going through things and pushed through recording because the songs were so emotional and touched them all.
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The My Life documentary has appearances from Taraji P. Henson, Nas, Method Man, Alicia Keys and Tyler Perry who all tell stories on how they could relate to Mary’s passion, struggle and pain through her music. The documentary also shows early performances of Mary to her celebrating the 25th Anniversary of My Life at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the Barclays Center in New York. The importance of album for the fans is that they saw Mary through all her tough times, through her relationships and substance abuse. Mary’s fans still love and appreciate her honesty to this day.
This documentary really gave us an overview of Mary J. Blige beginnings. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the late great Andre Harrell, who was the CEO of Uptown records, Mary’s first label. He believed in Mary and had the foresight to see her greatness even though she couldn’t see it for herself. This My Life documentary is a love letter from Mary to her fans and to Mary to show how far she’s come and how she survived the darkness that My Life was born from.
Will you be watching the Mary J. Blige Documentary? Have you listened to this classic album? What’s your favorite song? Let’s discuss!