Adding R&B to Hip-Hop
Mary J. Blige discusses the early days of the R&B sound and how herself and other artists put the sound on the map.
- I know I wasn't the first to add an R&B voice to hip hop. The first to do that was Caron Wheeler from Soul II Soul. One of my favorite songs, one of the songs that inspired me in my life that made me believe that something was gonna happen to me was Keep On Movin'. They used the Pickin' Boogers sample from Biz Markie and then they let Caron Wheeler sing over it, so she was the first to do it. I don't think people were really paying attention to what was going on but when I did it, you actually recognized the Audio Two sample, the milk is chillin', Giz is chillin' we did Real Love. We were dancing to that in the clubs, so it was something fresh, it wasn't something like an old sample, it made such an impact, it made people take notice and say I wanna do that too and it's been happening since I came out and it's still happening. So we opened the door for that.