Yesterday Alicia Keys shared her new single, “Blended Family,” which features the seemingly ubiquitous A$AP Rocky. An ode to her both her husband, Swizz Beats, and their three children, the songstress addresses them directly: “I may not really be your mother… That don’t mean that I don’t really love ya / Even though I married your father / That’s not the only reason I’m here for ya.” In this particular case, she’s referring to Kasseem Deam Jr, Swizz Beat’s son from a previous marriage with R&B singer Mashonda Tifrere.
A$AP Rocky also fondly reminisces over spending time with his blended family during his youth, rapping “I remember having four stepmoms at nine/ Love Christmas time and birthday was fly” over the rolling boom-bap beat. The Harlem emcee has been featured on a slew of tracks in recent months, including Mura Masa‘s “Lovesick” remix and A$AP‘s own “Crazy Brazy”.
“I’m so excited for you to hear this song,” Keys wrote on Instagram before the song’s release. “It means so much to me and our whole family. 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.”
“Blended Family” is the first single off of Alicia Key’s sixth studio album, Here, which will be the first since 2012’s Girl on Fire. Her other two most recent songs, “In Common” and “Hallelujah” will appear on the deluxe editions of the LP, scheduled to be released on November 4th. You can listen to her new song below.
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