Real Love (Mary J. Blige song)
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|Single by Mary J. Blige|
|from the album What's the 411?|
|Released||August 25, 1992|
|Genre||R&B, Hip hop soul|
|Writer(s)||Cory Rooney, Mark Morales, Kirk Robinson, Nat Robinson Jr., and Roy Hammond.|
|Producer||Cory Rooney, Mark Morales|
|Mary J. Blige singles chronology|
"Real Love" is a 1992 hit single by hip hop soul singer Mary J. Blige. It was the second single from Blige's debut album, What's the 411?. Written and produced by Mark C. Rooney and Mark Morales (of The Fat Boys fame) and built off a drum sample from hip hop duo Audio Two's 1988 track "Top Billin'" and MC Lyte's song "10% Diss". It was one of the songs which gave Blige's reputation as "the queen of hip-hop soul."
"Real Love" was her first top-ten pop hit, peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, and her second number one hit on Billboard's R&B singles chart. The remix featured the second appearance of rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who was then going by the name Biggie Smalls, and a sample of Betty Wright's 1972 single, "Clean Up Woman." The song eventually helped What's the 411? sell more than three million copies in America alone.
The song has since been covered by Mike Doughty (on his 2000 LP Skittish), by Toby Lightman (on her 2004 album Little Things) and the Twilight Singers (on their 2004 album She Loves You), as well as by a dancehall artist by the name of Fiona.
In 2007, the song was sampled on "Real Love", an album-track that appears on rapper/singer Eve's album Here I Am which features Mary J. Blige herself. In addition, Lloyd Banks sampled the drum beat on his single Help which featured Keri Hilson.
The backing beat has been sampled by R&B group, Dru Hill in the track, "Whatever You Want" from their 1996 self-titled debut album. R&B singer Frank Ocean uses the chorus for his song "Super Rich Kids" in his album Channel Orange. It is also sampled in Ariana Grande's song "Lovin' It" from her 2013 album, Yours Truly.
"Real Love" can be cited as the game changer for RnB and Hip-Hop. Pre-Real Love, there was a clear distinction and separation of RnB and Hip-Hop. RnB was the soft, female driven, singing and love oriented genre. Hip-hop was the hardcore, masculine, beat synthesized, sampled based and rap genre. Real Love was one of the first songs, and probably the first popular song, to incorporate the two genres into one. From RnB it draws from the love-oriented theme, as Mary calls for a “real love.” The element of singing is also a factor that was solely restricted to RnB that is now being introduced to hip-hop. The song draws its heavy bass and sample from “Top Billin” and “10% Diss,” adding in the hip-hop. Blige’s distinct voice, which sounds like a mix of both rapping and singing, makes the song relatable to both RnB and Hip-Hop as well. Blige’s image also added to the distortion of the line between hip-hop and RnB. Blige was presented in baggy clothes and as hardcore (Hip-Hop), yet she’s a singer and she’s female (RnB.) The song and her image offset the idea of what RnB and Hip-Hop was. Rather than being two separate entities, they could now blend and interact with the other. “Real Love” went on to change the politics of Hip-Hop and RnB and influence the popularity of other genres such as Jack Swing and Contemporary RnB.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||7|
|UK Singles Chart||26|
|U.S. Billboard R&B Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40||8|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs||36|
|End of year chart (1992)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||85|
|End of year chart (1993)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||58|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 65.
- Billboard.com Chart information - Hot 100 - "Real Love"
- Billboard.com chart information - "Real Love"
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27.