On April 22, 1997, Share My World was released. Mary’s 3rd solo album and her first album to open at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. It’s also certified triple platinum.
The highlight of this album was what made Mary MARY! Her ballads and the way she has always effortlessly married hip hop and R&B. Share My World opens with one of the best R&B and hip hop collaborations, “I Can Love You” featuring Lil Kim.
She also had duets with Nas, R. Kelly, and a host of other top artists that made this album one of her best.
Share My World marked several personal and professional changes in Blige’s life and career. Following the departure of label head Andre Harrell the year before, Blige defected from Uptown Records in favor of its MCA parent. Meanwhile, she severed professional ties with long-time producer, manager and mentor Sean “Puffy” Combs shortly before the production of Share My World began. His absence was filled with a bevy of high-profile producers, such as: Rodney Jerkins, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Babyface, Bryce Wilson and R. Kelly. The end result produced an album that was less entrenched in the Hip hop soul of her first two albums, and replaced with a style that was more aligned with Contemporary R&B.
What was your favorite song from Share My World?