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Mary J. Blige and Nas team for ‘Thriving’ anthem, ‘Royalty’ tour

While the anticipation builds for another all-star duet — the Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber collaboration “I Don’t Care” — that drops Friday night, there’s another new joint that we really care about. That would be “Thriving” — a union of New York hip-hop royalty Mary J. Blige and Nas — which was released Wednesday. And we’ve had it on repeat ever since. The thumping, hands-in-the-air anthem recalls the feel-good vibe of “Love Is All We Need,” the 1997 jam with the Yonkers-born Queen of Hip-Hop Soul and the Queens-bred rap king. “No, we’re not just surviving/Yeah, we’re thriving over here/All those sad songs don’t break me/Just gave me a record deal,” sings Blige in the uplifting chorus. Indeed, the ...