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Mary J. Blige's New Song With Kanye West Is All About The Power Of Self-Love

A whole new kind of "Love Yourself."

Mary J. Blige is encouraging listeners to make themselves a priority in her brand-new single "Love Yourself," featuring Kanye West. It's not to be confused with the smash hit of the same name by Justin Bieber. 

In fact, as Billboard points out, the song's message is quite the opposite of Bieber's biting breakup anthem. Here, Blige sings about how self-love got her through difficult times. "Thought they put my life on hold / But I knew something they didn't know / I know myself too much to ever fold / Dark clouds are moving past you," she sings before moving into the chorus:

Oh, you gotta love yourself
If you really wanna be with someone else
You gotta feed yourself
Before you feed somebody else
You gotta stay open and don't be foolish
'Cause everybody don't mean you well
You gotta love yourself
Before you love somebody else

West, meanwhile, uses his verse to address issues related to race and gun violence, and to share pride in his own accomplishments. "I've decided not to use my color as a handicap," he raps. "He a designer, artist, producer, and he rap."

The collaboration appears on Blige's upcoming album Strength of a Woman, available on April 28. Based on the title alone, we're looking forward to even more messages of empowerment from the rest of the track list.

Hear the full song in the lyric video below:

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