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Mary J Blige – Family Affair

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“Family Affair” is a popular R&B and hip-hop song by American singer Mary J. Blige. It was released as the lead single from her fifth studio album, “No More Drama,” in 2001. The song was written by Mary J. Blige, her brother Bruce Miller, Camara Kambon, Michael Elizondo, and Dr. Dre, with production primarily handled by Dr. Dre.

“Family Affair” is known for its distinctive and catchy sound, combining elements of R&B, hip-hop, and funk. The song’s production features a prominent use of a rhythmic and bouncy synth line, along with a simple but infectious beat. Mary J. Blige’s emotive and soulful vocals, as well as her signature ad-libs, contribute to the song’s energetic and engaging atmosphere.

Lyrically, “Family Affair” explores themes of escapism and finding solace on the dance floor as a way to temporarily escape from personal problems and family issues. The song’s chorus, “Let’s get it crunk, we gon’ have fun / Up on up in this dancerie,” reflects the idea of letting loose and enjoying oneself despite life’s challenges.

Upon its release, “Family Affair” became a massive hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and achieving commercial success internationally. The song’s popularity was further boosted by its modern and innovative production, which blended contemporary R&B with hip-hop influences. “Family Affair” is often credited with revitalizing Mary J. Blige’s career and solidifying her status as a leading figure in the R&B genre.

The song’s success was accompanied by a music video that featured Mary J. Blige and a diverse cast dancing in a club-like setting, reinforcing the song’s message of finding joy and unity through music and dance.

“Family Affair” remains one of Mary J. Blige’s most recognizable and enduring songs, and it continues to be celebrated for its memorable melody, catchy hook, and its representation of early 2000s R&B and hip-hop culture.