Mary J. Blige Busts Out The Reggae-Flavored “Anything You Want”

What does the Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul have up her sleeve? Mary J. Blige has been playing coy about the real direction of her upcoming album: after new track “Break Up To Make Up” earned a resounding “meh”, she tweeted that the latest joints to surface online were merely “fun throw away records”. We wonder if that goes for new track “Anything You Want”, a Caribbean-flavored track that marks something of a departure for her. Hear it below.

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Produced by Jerry Wonder (the Haitian-born whiz behind the Fugees, Shakira and others), the track lets Mary float over a reggae beat with a little spice provided by Busta Rhymes (who offers up a verse in his classic patois) and Gyptian.

Is this still a “throw away”? Or is this a calculated effort to help Mary stand out at a time when younger artists like Fantasia and Jazmine Sullivan are crowding into Mary’s lane? If nothing else, it’s a clear sign that Mary is willing to venture far from the hip-hop soul kingdom where she has long reigned.

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