With No More Drama, Mary J. Blige bids farewell to the blues and embraces a better tomorrow.
With No More Drama, Mary J. Blige bids farewell to the blues and embraces a better tomorrow. "Cuz we're celebrating no more drama/In our lives," she sings on the winning lead single—the Dr. Dre-produced "Family Affair," a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Other stellar moments include "Steal Away" (featuring Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes, who produced the track), the soap opera-fueled title track (which cleverly references the theme from The Young & the Restless), and "Destiny." The ridiculously titled "PMS," a wicked soul jam, could very well become this set's sister-girlfriend anthem. Unfortunately, No More Drama loses steam midway through, with the inclusion of perfunctory tracks like "Flying Away," "2 U," "In the Meantime," and the embarrassing "Forever No More (Poem)." But faith is completely restored on closing track "Testimony," an everyman/ woman's tale based on Blige's drama-filled life.—MP