Singer Mary J. Blige poses backstage at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 20, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

The 45-year-old singer teamed up with the 'Famous' hitmaker on her new album and admits it was “always a dream” of hers to collaborate with the rapper.

She said: “Kanye, I love him because he's always been honest. It has always been a dream of mine to work with him, because of how he affected me.

“I can remember the first Kanye concert I ever went to. I walked out of there feeling like I was at a revival, I felt like my life was gonna change. He blew everybody away with how he delivered his emotion. I think his mom had just passed. So all of his music is something that means something to me so I wanted to work with him.”

And the 'No More Drama' hitmaker is working on making the album absolutely perfect so she can feel happy when she listens to it back.

Speaking on Beats 1 radio, she added: “I just want to make sure the album is right. I just want people, the fans, to be happy and I want to take this opportunity to make them happy like when they received the 'My Life' album, like when they received the '411' album, like when they received the 'Share My World' album. I want to be happy when I listen back to it, because when I listen to the 'My Life' album, I cry. When I listen to the '411' album, I cry.”

Meanwhile, Mary previously teased her collaboration with Kanye “sounds great”.

Speaking earlier this year, she gushed: “I had the honour of working with Kanye and his greatness, and we sound great together on the work that we did. It should be coming soon. That's the most I can give you on it. It's pretty exciting.”

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