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Diary Of An R&B Classic: Mary J. Blige "What's The 411?"


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The R&B Club and Classic Album Sundays Washington Present
Saturday April 21, 2018 *Record Store Day!*

The R & B Club is a group founded by music aficionado Ashley-Dior Thomas, entrepreneur, broadcaster, and writer, Marcus K. Dowling, plus well-respected journalist Justin Tinsley, to celebrate the legacy of soul music. Foremost in this quest is the "Diary of an R & B Classic" series, which will highlight key album and song releases from R & B's golden era of the 1990s.

Up next is Mary J. Blige classic "What's The 411?" Mary J. Blige has sung the block's blues from the pit of her heart since the birth of her career in the early 90s. 25 years ago, the world was introduced to the singer's vocal prowess and honesty -- inner to outer appearance -- through the songs of harsh reality and heartbreak that composed her debut album, "What's the 411?". With such talent and sonic elements of hip-hop and new jack swing, "What's the 411?" earned Mary J. Blige the crown of Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.

"What's the 411?," executive-produced by Sean " Puff Daddy" Combs, spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and has sold 3.4 million in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. It has also spawned two Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1s: "You Remind Me" and "Real Love."

On Saturday, April 21st, from 4:30-6 PM, join Thomas, Dowling, and Tinsley as The R & B Club both listens to in-full, and discusses at-length, the impact of this release as the next installment of many ultimate celebrations of the legacy of iconic soul music.

Grab advance tickets for $5! Or get a ticket AND copy of the vinyl record for $25!

Hosted by Classic Album Sundays D.C.

Classic Album Sundays is the world’s most popular album listening experience and allows the listener to hear music contextually, communally, uninterrupted, and in great sonic detail. At our worldwide listening sessions, music fans are able to immerse themselves into an album that has helped shape our culture and in some cases, our lives.

We relay the artist and album’s unique story and provide a musical context that gives the listening experience deeper meaning. We share the experience of hearing the album in its entirety, on vinyl, and on a world-class audiophile hi-fi so that fans can experience the music as close as possible to the artist’s original intention. Classic Album Sundays treats the album (and music in general) with the respect it deserves rather than as a free commodity or aural wallpaper. We remind people what they love about music.