"The One" (CD single)



R&B queen pairs with hot MC on sizzling yet clean single.
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Positive messages

Blige sings about being strong and confident, and her success demonstrates that these messages spill over into her real life -- making her a good example for young girls. 

Positive role models

Blige manages to remain extremely hip without delving into risque topics like sex and drugs, proving herself to be good role model material.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this track is about as clean as it gets, offering no offensive language or references to sex, drugs, or violence -- just some back-and-forth about being the best choice of romantic partner out there.  

What's the story?

Reinventing herself once again, longstanding R&B queen Mary J. Blige is back with THE ONE, a new single in which she collaborates with Drake -- one of the hottest young MCs on the scene. As R&B songs go, this song is exceptionally tame, with lyrics that include nothing more than a lot of bragging on Blige's part about being the best woman out there: "Them other girls that you done been with, none of them got nothing on me / Ain't got my style, ain't got nothing on me, nothing on me / Way I walk, way I talk, my swagga." In response, Drake (whose group Young Money has been known for some pretty raunchy lyrics) delivers an innocuous rap about needing a woman who isn't "perfect" but will "make it all worth it."

Is it any good?


In light of Mary J.'s powerful pipes, it's disappointing to hear her succumb to the ubiquitous Auto-tune in this song. Fortunately, she doesn't rely on it throughout, spending most of the track showcasing the awesome vocals that have earned her a spot at the top of the R&B hierarchy. Drake performs equally well, rhyming with great timing and flair. The combination of the two performances result in an engaging track that appeals more and more with repeat listens.

Families can talk about...

  • What about Mary J. Blige has contributed to her reign at the top of the charts for so long?

  • Why would Mary J. choose to collaborate with Drake among all of the young MCs out there? 

Music details

Artist:Mary J. Blige
Release date:July 21, 2009
Label:Geffen Records
Genre:Adult Contemporary
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old May 15, 2012


love this cd it's awesome
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old May 1, 2010
A fun auto-tune song with a great rap with drake!
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Great messages
Kid, 12 years old December 20, 2009

This song is good for all ages

I love this song!!!


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