A long awaited collaboration between Mary J. Blige and Kanye West has finally arrived with the track “Love Yourself” off the “Strength of a Woman” album.
— Funk Flex !!!!! (@funkflex) March 30, 2017
Kanye spits his verse mid-way through the track following Mary’s intro talking about knowing how to love yourself before loving somebody else. Darhyl Camper Jr. is credited as the producer and Kanye is listed as a composer on the soulful single. It features one sample, “Nobody Knows” by SCLC Operation Breadbasket Orchestra and Choir.
[Verse 2: Kanye West]
I decided not to use my color as a handicap
He a designer, artist, producer, and he rap
Never found virtue from patience
In a dark room just pacin’
Precious time is just wastin’
You do not know what we facin’
I cannot be complacent
In my job, be courageous
Another kid just got shot
They can’t find the assailant
Made it out of the basement
Made it out of the underground
From a time where you outta town
They might gun you down, blaow
There goes another round, blaow
There goes another round
Came from the Chi and wow, look what the fuck they found
A young legend, comin’ to shut the summer down
You need to talk to me like you don’t when your mother ’round.
Lyrics via Genius.
Mary spoke with Angie Martinez and explained how she contacted Kanye because she needed him featured on the song. “Love Yourself” is the first collaboration between the two artists. Watch at the interview at 16:23 minute-mark below.
Last night, Mary first tweeted out the track list for her upcoming album dropping on April 28 teasing the intro song with Kanye and other features.
1. Love Yourself (feat. @kanyewest)
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) March 29, 2017
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) March 30, 2017
You can pre-order Mary’s album on iTunes now!