Mary J Blige has a net worth of $20 million as an American singer, songwriter, and producer.
She is generally regarded as a cultural icon in the global music industry, and she was named number 9 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Women in Music” list in 2012.
Mary J. Blige has encountered a string of financial difficulties throughout the years. She owing the IRS $3.4 million as of May 2013.
She also owed $900,000 to the state of New Jersey and was the subject of a lawsuit alleging she owed $2.2 million in outstanding bank loans. Blige paid down her $900,000 debt to the state of New Jersey on May 25, 2014, but she still owes the IRS at least $3.4 million.
Blige purchased a large property in Saddle River, New Jersey, for $12.3 million in 2008. She is said to have paid in full for the 20,000-square-foot mansion. She advertised the property for $13.9 million in 2015 but was unable to find a buyer.
She eventually dropped the price to $8.9 million, then $6.8 million in August 2019. She also has a little smaller estate in Cresskill, New Jersey, which she purchased in 2001 for $2.1 million.
Beginnings of a career
Blige began pursuing a career in music after dropping out of high school during her junior year. She was a member of Pride, a Yonkers band with whom she recorded a cover of Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture.”
Her mother’s boyfriend at the time, Jeff Redd, a recording artist and A&R runner for Uptown Records, played the cassette of her cover for him, who then submitted it to Andre Harrell, the label’s CEO.
When Mary J. Blige joined the label as a background vocalist in 1989, she was the label’s youngest and first female performer.
Blige, dubbed the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” is acknowledged for influencing hip hop and R&B’s musical union. In retrospect, the albums “What’s the 411?” and “My Life” developed “the sample-heavy style that revived urban radio and formed a pattern for nineties hip-hop and R&B,” according to Ethan Brown of The New Yorker.
According to Tom Horan of The Daily Telegraph, Mary J. Blige is a hugely significant character in popular music “By successfully blending female vocals with powerful hip hop rhythm tracks, he created what is now known as R&B.
That recipe is currently dominating the charts all over the world.” What’s the 411? was hailed as one of the “most explosive, coming-out demonstrations of sheer singing prowess” and “one of the most important albums of the 1990s,” with Blige paving the way for “the trend that would later become neo soul, delivering compelling songs that were also enormous radio hits.”
The significance of Blige’s presentation and representation of black womanhood and femininity in the generally male-dominated and centric realm of hip hop have been noticed by African American scholars.
Blige is praised as conveying black women’s lives in a “more accurate and objective” manner than conventional clichés and cliches of black women in the media, combining hip hop vocal techniques with aspirational sentiments in R&B.
Blige refutes stereotypes of black female hypersexuality by “imploring women to love and empower themselves via both autonomy and intimacy,” using her personal experiences and conflicts with her family as source material for her songs.
Her audience members aren’t the only ones who are moved by her quest for love. Critics point out that her single “Real Love” is “a performative text, declaratively demanding[ing] acknowledgement of Blige’s entire humanity and, more broadly, that of hip-hop-generation women,” in particular.
Blige has a long list of accomplishments and accolades. On VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2010, she was ranked 80th. Blige was named one of Essence’s 50 most influential R&B singers.
My Life was ranked 279 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. Time named the album to their list of the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time. What’s the 411? and My Life were both ranked 271 and 126 in a relaunched list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2020.
Blige is known as the “Queen of R&B” because of her popularity in the R&B genre. She has 10 number one albums on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums list. Blige is also the only singer to win Grammys in four different categories: R&B, hip hop, pop, and gospel.
Beyoncé, Adele, Taylor Swift, Monica, Layton Greene, Keyshia Cole, Bryson Tiller, Cheryl, and Teyana Taylor have all been impacted by Mary J. Blige and her work. Alexandra Burke, Keke Palmer, Jess Glynne, Sam Smith, and Alexandra Burke.
For her portrayal in Mudbound, Blige won the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival. At the 2020 Democratic National Convention, campaign events (including her own presidential campaign), and her victory speech, Kamala Harris, the first Black and South Asian female Vice President-elect on a major party, walked out to “Work That.”