The iconic singer was disappointed in “Sweetest Thing” by Mary J. Blige and said, “If you’d been up all night, smoking crack or something, I don’t know.”
Chaka Khan is respected for her talents and contributions to the world of R & B, Soul, and Funk over the decades. She is considered to have some of the greatest vocals ever, but she is also known not for her holding her tongue in critiquing fellow artists. Khan let Kanye West know she was not a fan of him turning her voice into a “chipmunk” on “Through The Wire.”
The artist has also made comment on the use of auto-tune with modern singers and not being a fan of the practice.
CHAKA KHAN ON THE ORIGINALS PODCAST
The singer once again didn’t hold anything back when she visited Los Angeles Magazine‘s The Originals Podcast, where she was asked about her fellow singers. She discussed Mary J. Blige’s cover of her hit “Sweetest Thing,” and it was clear Chaka was not a fan.
“I told Mary J. Blige she f*cked it up,” Chaka Khan said. “Number one, her vocals were flat. And I asked her, I said, ‘What time of day was it or night, what were you doing when you decided to cover ‘Sweet Thing’? And where were you at when you covered it?’” Khan claimed Blige told her she was up late, until 8:00 a.m. “I said, ‘Girl, you don’t sing nothing at eight in the motherf*cking morning. Especially if you have to get up to sing it.’”
“If you’d been up all night, smoking crack or something, I don’t know,” she added. “It might have been a whole different thing. But you don’t get up at eight in the morning to sing, girl. But she and I have that kind of relationship. We can talk. I love her. She loves me. We don’t have a problem. Now the press would love to making it a motherf*cking problem.”
Mariah Carey & Adele Get Criticism Too
Chaka Khan in the broadcast above also let her feelings be known about the controversial Rolling Stone 200 Best Singers List. She didn’t take any stray bullets towards Beyonce as she was avoided. However, Adele and Mariah’s rankings were not agreed upon.
Chaka Khan, who made No. 29 and revealed, “These b*tches are blind as a motherf*cking bat! They need hearing aids. They don’t have hearing aids? They have no eyes. They have no ears. These babies, you know what? These must be the children of Helen Keller!’” She even accused the list of “payola.”
Chaka Khan ended up trending after voicing her opinion as you can see some of the commentary below.
What I find most disturbing is Chaka Khan was recently honored alongside Mariah Carey for Women in Music and Mariah praised her and showed her so much love. Why belittle her (and the others) over a list they didn't create? It's giving in Mary J. Blige's words HATERATION! pic.twitter.com/LnLfGAtoij
— Untitled (@TweettBuzzer) March 2, 2023
And she’s right. She was 65 here singing still like a pro they disrespected her let her speak pic.twitter.com/o5Qx5P2H2b
— JAYA ✨️ (@thegyaljaya) March 2, 2023
What are you talking about both Aretha & Chaka love Mary. They've worked with her too many times not too pic.twitter.com/fe4SwJh4md
— TheVeraciousOne (@TheVeraciousOn1) March 2, 2023