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#ThrowbackThursday: “I’m Goin’ Down” by Mary J. Blige

“I’m Goin’ Down” was the second single released from the 1994 Mary J. Blige Album My Life.

by Sean Smith

The queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige recently released her 13th studio album The London Sessions. As the title would suggest, the new record was written and recorded in its entirety across the pond in London, England. The story behind how this project came into being is an interesting one.

It all started when Mary J. Blige heard the British electronic group Disclosure’s song “F for You” on Vevo. Being a fan of club music since her childhood, Blige reached out to Disclosure and made a remix to the song together. The remix became a hit first in England, then here in the U.S., leaving Mary J. Blige wanting to work further with Disclosure.  In a recent interview with NPR’s Jason King, Mary J. Blige talked about what happened next.

Mary J Blige 

“I’n Not Worried, Trying To Keep It Real- I’m Real”

NPR

After it exploded — “F For You” exploded in London — it started exploding over here. And we started doing shows together. We did a show at Terminal 5, which was nuts. It was insane. You know, these are club kids going crazy over Mary J. Blige — because of the song! So when I saw that response I was speaking to Steve Barnett, who’s the head of Capitol Records. And during that time I was out of my deal with Interscope. The whole idea was to go to London and do the EP with Disclosure. I told Steve Barnett the whole idea about going to London with Disclosure, and he was like, ‘Well, Mary, that’s a great idea, but we don’t want you to go to London to just work with Disclosure. We want to put you in London, have you work with Sam Smith, Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy, Sam Romans. All the amazing talent that’s out there. And have you live out there for a month and call the album The London Sessions.’ So that’s how — it was Steve Barnett’s brilliant idea to have it all the way it is right now.”
The London Sessions is arguably the best album released by Blige in the last decade or so. And some of the songs on the new album are reminiscent of some of the memorable music she released back in her heyday, in the 1990s and early 2000s. So with that in mind, for this week’s edition of #tbt here on Clizbeats we take time to remember one of these classic Mary J. Blige songs from her heyday, “I’m Goin’ Down”.

Just over 20 years ago, on November 29, 1994, Mary J. Blige released her second studio album My Life. The second single released from that album was her song “I’m Goin’ Down”. However, it was not originally her song. It was originally wrote by Norman Whitfield and recorded by an American R&B group by the name of Rose Royce for the soundtrack of the 1976 film Car Wash. And while the Rose Royce version of the song would earn moderate success on the charts peaking at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it is the Mary J. Blige cover of the song that we all know and love. Her version of the song would peak at the #22 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and was only the second song from Mary J. Blige to crack the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Her first to do so was the lead single from her second album My Life “Be Happy” which peaked at the #29 position on the chart.

So in light of Mary J. Blige releasing her new album The London Sessions, this week’s #tbt remembers her second single from her 1994 My Life album “I’m Goin’ Down”. Enjoy!

Mary J. Blige

“I’m Goin’ Down”

From My Life

Uptown/MCA Records

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Mary J. Blige

“Be Happy”

From My Life

Uptown/MCA Records

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Mary J. Blige & Disclosure 

Disclosure Featuring Mary J. Blige

“F For You” (Remix)

From Settle

PMR/Island Records (UK) Cherrytree/Interscope Records (US)

Mary J. Blige

“Right Now” (Produced By Disclosure and Co-Written By Sam Smith)

From The London Sessions 

Capitol Records

Mary J. Blige
“Follow” (Produced By Disclosure )

From The London Sessions 

Capitol Records

Mary J. Blige & Sam Smith

Sam Smith Featuring Mary J. Blige

“Stay With Me” (Remix)

Capitol Records

Mary J. Blige

“Therapy” (Co-Written By Sam Smith)

From The London Sessions 

Capitol Records

Mary J. Blige
“Not Loving You” (Co-Written By Sam Smith)

From The London Sessions 

Capitol Records

Mary J. Blige
“Nobody But You” (Co-Written By Sam Smith)
From The London Sessions 

Capitol Records

 Mary J. Blige & Emeli Sande

Mary J. Blige
“Whole Damn Year” (Co-Written By Emeli Sande)
From The London Sessions 

Capitol Records

Mary J. Blige
“Pick Me Up” (Co-Written By Emeli Sande)
From The London Sessions 
Capitol Records