Mary J. Blige does NOT play when it comes to disrespecting her during a performance.
The Queen of hip-hop and soul, along with Nas, continued their “Royalty Tour” in Nashville on Thursday when all hell broke loose.
48-year-old Blige was in the middle of speaking to the crowd about haters and negativity when someone allegedly yelled out to her to “shut the f—k up.”
Blige fired right back at the concert goers, saying in a very strong voice, “and for the person thats been in here all night saying Mary shut the f–k up, YOU shut the f–k up.”
The crowd erupted and showed their support letting Mary know that they had her back.
Ahead of the “Royalty Tour,” Blige and Nas released a collaborative track titled “Thriving.”
The two have worked together several times before: Nas featured on “Love Is All We Need” from Blige’s 1997 album, “Share My World,” and “Feel Inside” from 2011’s My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1).
Blige, meanwhile, appeared on “Reach Out,” from Nas’ 2012 release Life Is Good, an album partially inspired by his divorce.
The “Royalty Tour” is exactly what is sounds like, showcasing two artists who emerged as powerhouses in the ’90s and have fought to keep a stronghold in an ever-changing industry.
There’s a reason that Royalty is a fitting name for the tour: both Blige and Nas have a long-standing legacy to maintain.
The next stop on the tour is New Jersey for the duo on July 20. The tour is scheduled to end in September with a final performance at LA’s Hollywood Bowl.