25/8

Album: My Life II: The Journey Continues (2011)
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Songfacts®:

  • This is the first single from American R&B singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige's tenth studio album, My Life II: The Journey Continues. The song finds the songstress crooning about how "24/7 ain't enough… 'Cause I got so much love for you boy/ I need another hour and a day so I can love you 25/8." It was released for digital download on September 1, 2011, and performed by Blige for the first time live at Good Morning America the following day.
  • The song was produced and co-written by Eric Hudson, whose previous credits include Kanye West's "Flashing Lights" and Jamie Foxx's "Best Night Of My Life."
  • Blige explained: "The meaning behind 25/8 is to have a 25th hour in your day, and a 8th day in your week. The song is about not having enough time to spend with someone; it's like the ultimate love… like when you're having fun, time just seems to fly."
  • The song samples Heavy D's version of Third World's Now That We Found Love. Sadly, the Jamaican rapper passed away on November 8, 2011, a fortnight before the release of My Life II. Blige and Heavy D were labelmates on Andre Harrell's Uptown Records and also good friends.

    "He just always gave us great advice," she recalled to The Boombox. "He just always wanted us to do good. He was like a father figure to us and I'm going to miss him."

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