Mary J. Blige is known as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, but the veteran singer has more range than a rifle. Blige’s country-tinged “Care,” featuring Kid Rock and T.I., leaked online Thursday (September 9.).
The song includes a guitar-laden production and earnest lyrics about wanting to change the world but only having the ability to care.
“I can’t stop the war, shelter the homeless, feed the poor,” Blige and Kid Rock sing together on the chorus, while T.I. ad-libs throughout the refrain. “I can’t walk on water, can’t save your sons and daughter/ I can’t change the world or make things fair, but the least I can do is care.”
“For the life of me, I can’t see how the devil keeps enticing me,” Tip raps on the number. “All you see is a felon, but I know God can see what’s right in me.”
In the past, Blige has worked with a host of artists in other genres, from Jay-Z to U2’s Bono to Luciano Pavarotti, but this is her first foray into country. As of press time, however, it’s unclear if the record will land on Blige’s next project. A representative for the singer has not responded to inquiries.
Blige is hard at work on her forthcoming album; producer Swizz Beatz sent messages on Twitter saying he and Blige completed four songs together for her next project. In the meantime, Blige is set to go on tour next month with Jazmine Sullivan and newcomer Miguel.
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