"Not Gon' Cry" is a 1996 single by American R&B singer Mary J. Blige from the soundtrack to the film Waiting to Exhale; the song is also featured on Blige's 1997 album, Share My World. The song was written and produced by Babyface and became a major hit for Blige in the US, where it peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, where it became her fourth #1 single on that particular chart. The single was certified Platinum by the RIAA where it has sold at 1.5 million copies in the United States.
The lyrics of the song are inspired by a storyline in the movie Waiting to Exhale revolving around one of the movie's main characters, Bernadine (portrayed by actress Angela Bassett), who gets abandoned by her philandering husband who tells her he is in love with another woman and chooses to be with her.
The music video, which incorporates clips from Waiting to Exhale, was directed by Wayne Maser and Elizabeth Bailey.
The song was later sampled in 2004 by rapped The Game for his own song "Don't Need Your Love" from his album The Documentary. In 2009, R&B singerMonica covered the song at "The BET Honors 2009" as dedication to Blige, who was one of the honorees at the program.
Rapper 2Pac poked fun of the song on his song "Bomb First (My Second Reply)". The reason that he dissed Blige, was that she appeared on a song byDJ Clue?, featuring The Firm, in which The Firm dissed 2Pac. Blige denied that she had anything against 2Pac. The feud was ended shortly after "Bomb First", But he could not remove the song from his then upcoming album, because he died two days before it's release, but Blige was featured on 2pac's song "When Thugz Cry", before the Makaveli album was released.