Real Love

Album: What's The 411? (1992)
Charted: 7
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  • Mary J. Blige is searching for a real love in her first Top 10 hit, written by noted R&B songwriter and producer L.A. Reid and Fat Boys rapper Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales, which showcases her signature soul vocals cut with a hip-hop edge. Like the album, the single was produced by Sean Combs, then known as Puff Daddy, who opens the "Uptown classic" with a rap verse. A remixed version is also notable for introducing a promising new rapper: The Notorious B.I.G.
  • This was Blige's second R&B chart-topper, the first being "You Remind Me."
  • The track is built on a drum sample from Audio Two's "Top Billin'," but it originated in The Honey Drippers' 1973 funk classic "Impeach the President."
  • A remix by Puff Daddy and Stetsasonic's Daddy-O includes a sample of Betty Wright's 1971 soul single "Clean Up Woman."
  • Toby Lightman covered this for her debut album, Little Things, in 2004. Her version peaked at #35 of the Hot 100.
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