Mary J. Blige has dropped a new single, “Can’t Be Life,” featured on the soundtrack to the film Body Cam. Blige penned the song with frequent collaborators Denise Rich, Chucky Thompson, Stacy Barthe, Aaron Philips and Jimmy Cozier; it was produced by Chucky Thompson.
“I’ve been torn down like a worn-down, crumbling building/But I’m up now, and I’m up now, and I’m still living,” Blige sings, offering words of encouragement, hope and resilience throughout the track.
Body Cam is available today on streaming and digital download. The cop action-thriller stars Blige, Nat Wolff, David Zayas and Anika Noni Rose, and is directed by Malik Vitthal, whose directorial debut, Imperial Dreams, received the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
In December 2019, Amazon Studios announced that it was producing a documentary centered on Blige. The film is being directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth and executive produced by Blige and Sean Combs, and follows Blige as she prepares to perform songs from her sophomore album My Life on the LP’s 25th anniversary tour.
Blige released a new box set, HERstory Vol. 1, containing some of her most popular Nineties hits along with remixes and rarities, on December 6th. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Honor at the 2019 BET Awards.