If Mary's never quite convinced the world she merited that "the voice of R&B's future" hype, she's godhead to believers: 5,000 funked-up fans fill the LA Amphitheatre here. Her first concert DVD, it finds her belting through I'm-so-damaged-but-the-merchandising-revenue-sure-helps material like "No More Drama" and "Your Child", and duetting, weirdly, with big-screen images of Lil' Kim and BIG. CHRIS ROBERTS

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Mary J Blige – Live From Los Angeles

If Mary’s never quite convinced the world she merited that “the voice of R&B’s future” hype, she’s godhead to believers: 5,000 funked-up fans fill the LA Amphitheatre here. Her first concert DVD, it finds her belting through I’m-so-damaged-but-the-merchandising-revenue-sure-helps material like “No More Drama” and “Your Child”, and duetting, weirdly, with big-screen images of Lil’ Kim and BIG.

CHRIS ROBERTS