Not too many people are familiar with Mary J. Blige's "Changes I've Been Going Through," and that's a shame. The song wasn't a single, nor did it garner much unofficial radio-play, so you'd basically have to own What's the 411? to notice it. It's pretty amazing, nonetheless.
I won't pretend like Mary hasn't released better music since; and really, "Changes" isn't even the best 411 has to offer, but there's something about the song that makes it sort of timeless. This is Mary at her hip-hop/soul best, with the lyrical vulnerability of My Life shining through even before the album came to fruition. Lyrics like "can't you see what I've been going through, cause I wanna be with you," sung in Mary's raspy whine make "Changes" resonate with anyone who's ever been the least bit lovesick.
"Baby, did I push you away...was I coming on too strong for you?"
Kids today, with their fly by nite Myspace-bred relationships don't know nothing about that Real Love! LOL...
Oh, and that sample..beautiful. Why can't Diddy do production of this caliber anymore?