"Real Love" is a 1992 hit single by hip hop soul singer Mary J. Blige. It was the second single from Blige's debut album, What's the 411?. Written and produced by Mark C. Rooney and Mark Morales (of The Fat Boys fame) and built off a drum sample fromhip hop duo Audio Two's 1988 track "Top Billin'" and MC Lyte's song "10% Diss". It was one of the songs which gave Blige's reputation as "the queen of hip-hop soul."
"Real Love" was her first top-ten pop hit, peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, and her second number one hit on Billboard's R&B singles chart. The remix featured the second appearance of rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who was then going by the name Biggie Smalls, and a sample of Betty Wright's 1972 single, "Clean Up Woman." The song eventually helped What's the 411? sell more than three million copies in America alone.
The song has since been covered by Mike Doughty (on his 2000 LP Skittish), by Toby Lightman (on her 2004 album Little Things) and the Twilight Singers (on their 2004 album She Loves You), as well as by a dancehall artist by the name of Fiona.
In 2007, the song was sampled on "Real Love", an album-track that appears on rapper/singer Eve's album Here I Am which features Mary J. Blige herself. In addition, Lloyd Banks sampled the drum beat on his single Help which featured Keri Hilson.
In 2010, the song was used as the theme to the TV One reality television dating game show The Ultimate Merger, which is produced by Donald Trump and stars former Apprentice contestant Omarosa.