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For their February/March 2013 issue, VIBE Magazine calls on ‘The Queen To Reign’ all over the cover. As VIBE celebrates their 20th Anniversary, there is no other person better to take the cover than Mary J Blige. Blige’s debut album, Whats The 411, was released in 1992 and 20 years later, MJB, is still a name that rings bells in the music world.

In the issue, Mary J talks about the state of R&B, her feelings about Rihanna, her favorites in music and more.

Check out a few exceperts, after the jump!

The State of R&B and Radio?

Maybe in 2012, in the middle, I was like, “What is going on? What is this?” Things got worse before they got better. I think things are going in the right direction. I am so proud of what Rihanna is doing.

Wait, really?

Yes. She is speaking to her generation, and she’s living her life in front of them. I don’t even think she’s purposely doing it (7). She’s such a beautiful girl, and I don’t think she knows she’s that beautiful (8). She’s just living her life, and leading her generation, and she has great, great songs. Her career is amazing; and her team, obviously, is amazing.

People give her a hard time because of the whole Chris—

They give her a hard time because she’s living her life. As long as she’s having fun and isn’t three minutes away from wanting to shoot herself, good! I want her to be happy. That’s impressive to me. And I love her songs. Adele also gives me hope. God bless Amy Winehouse. She was just the perfect thing.

What about male artists?

Drake is amazing. He is an amazing writer: great songs, great melodies. And Kendrick Lamar has a classic album right now. Classic. It’s like The Chronic. I’m not saying it is The Chronic. But you know how that album felt like a movie, with a beginning, middle and an end? His album has that same thing. I also love Bruno Mars. They need to take him seriously. He. Is. A. Problem. And Miguel is amazing. His voice; his writing. All of his songs are beautiful. He is pure inspiration.

excerpts via HipHopnMore

Reign On My Queen!

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