The building of anticipation for the Super Bowl halftime show this weekend is almost palpable. Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Mary J. Blige will reunite for a performance that promises surprises like no other, and before the show, Blige did a press tour. The famous queen of Hip Hop-Soul also released her latest album on Friday February 11, Hello beautyand she recently caught up with her friend Angie Martinez to talk about her career.

Blige’s catalog hosts a slew of collaborations that have gone down in hip-hop history, and Martinez wanted to know which one held a special place in his heart. The singer’s choices weren’t so surprising.

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“Man, I know ‘Can’t Knock the Hustle’ is one of them and ‘You’re All I Need’ is definitely… those are the top two,” Blige said of Jay. -Z and Method Man. strokes, respectively. Additionally, Blige also talked about her Dave East-assisted new single “Rent Money” and explained that she was inspired by real-life circumstances.

Years ago, Blige divorced ex-husband Kendu Isaacs and alleged he stole money from her and used it to entertain other women. The singer told Martinez that “Rent Money” was around that time in her life when, after the divorce, Blige had to pay her child support and realized she didn’t have enough money. money to give to his ex because he had “spent it all”. So she got back on the road and set off with the goal of accumulating money.

Check out the excerpts below.