By Hayden Wright
Alicia Keys’ new track “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” addresses the love that binds modern families—stepfathers, half-siblings, baby-mamas and step kids. Keys says she felt inspired by the role husband Swizz Beatz’ kids by former wife Mashonda play in her life, and the maturity with which the adults have faced challenges.
“It means so much to me and our whole family,” said Keys in a prepared statement. “The understanding, compassion and support we’ve found is a powerful testament to the healing that comes when we choose love. Especially for the kids… the most important part of our lives. Celebrating Mashonda for our commitment to each other with support and true growth.”
On his verse, A$AP Rocky raps about the upside of blended families:
“I remember having four stepmoms at nine/Love Christmastime and birthday was fly/Ate at my sisters just for dinner cause the cookin’ was bomb/Her mother’s supper made me love her like she took me to prom/And shootout to my sisters on welfare/Flacko care if nobody else care/And shoutout to the step sisters and step brothers/And god-sisters who eventually slept with us.”
“Blended Family” will appear on Keys highly-anticipated sixth studio album Here, which will be released on November 4th.