"Mr. Wrong"

Drama is still Mary J. Blige's best friend on record. "Even though he breaks my heart so bad, we got a special thing going on," she cries out on the latest single from My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act I), telling the kind of addled-love story fit for her weary soul. The headstrong groove of Blige's early ballads syncs up surprisingly well with the hollowed-out R&B of guest Drake, who sounds keenly aware, if not really conflicted, that the best kind of leading man in Blige's world is a lowdown creep: "They fall victim to my system/Guess I sure know how to pick 'em."

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From The Archives Issue 1144: November 24, 2011