Sean Garrett Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Mary J. Blige "Work That" (2007)

Album: Growing Pains
Producer: Neff-U
Label: Geffen
Sean Garrett:"'Work That' was huge, but before that, we did another number one record, 'No More Crying.' That was like my eighth or ninth No. 1 single. I was really a big fan, she's another person I was a huge fan of. I grew up loving Mary, and always dreamed of working with her one day. When I did get an opportunity to work with her, we hit it off really well.

 

Mary J. Blige used to always stress to me to just be yourself. I would ask her how to deal with things because it's a very difficult dynamic dealing with superstars

 

"She's not only someone I enjoyed working with but she's someone who would give me advice on the 'do's' and the 'dont's' in the industry. She used to always stress to me to just be yourself. I would ask her how to deal with things because it's a very difficult dynamic dealing with superstars, and people beginning to call you a superstar, and egos. You learn how to deal with success and knowing how to share it.

"The biggest hurdle for me was being able to know the 'do's' and 'the dont's.' You have to be cautious because you're dealing with so much and so many people all at one time. It is really like high school—in school the more people you deal with, the more opportunity for something getting started. It was great working with Mary, and the 'Work That' record was also a dope record received a lot of exposure from the Apple commercial which was really dope."

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