Take Two #8: Mary J Blige’s “What’s the 411?” with Naima Cochrane

18th February 2021

We wrap up another edition of Take Two and discuss Mary J Blige’s debut album What’s The 411?

Episode notes

We wrap up another edition of Take Two and discuss Mary J Blige’s debut album What’s The 411? We get into Mary’s role in hip-hop soul, the story of Uptown Records, and Mary’s image at the time.

More on Naima

More on What’s the 411?

Show Tracklisting (all songs from What’s the 411? unless otherwise indicated):

  • Slow Down
  • What’s The 411?
  • Lil Louis: Club Lonely (I’m On The Guest List Mix)
  • My Love
  • Real Love
  • Leave A Message
  • Love No Limit
  • Mariah Carey: Emotions
  • Shanice: I Love Your Smile
  • Tracie Spencer: Tender Kisses
  • Lisa Fischer: How Can I Ease The Pain
  • Real Love
  • Reminisce
  • Love No Limit
  • Intro Talk
  • I Don’t Want To Do Anything
  • Love No Limit
  • Changes I’ve Been Going Through
  • You Don’t Have To Worry
  • What’s the 411?
  • Leave A Message
  • Audio Two: Top Billin’
  • Real Love
  • Reminisce
  • Changes I’ve Been Going Through
  • Intro: Ribbon in the Sky
  • Guy: Do Me Right
  • SWV: Anything – Old Skool Radio Version

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find on there

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In this episode...


  • Naima Cochrane

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Hosted by Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes, every episode of Heat Rocks invites a special guest to talk about a heat rock – a hot album, a scorching record. These are in-depth conversations about the albums that shape our lives.

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