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Alicia Keys linked up with ASAP Rocky for her new song "Blended Family (What You Do For Love)," and it's a tearjerker. As the title would suggest, the song is an ode to blended and nontraditional families. "Hey I might not really be your mother/That don't mean that I don't really love ya/And even though I married your father/That's not the only reason I'm here for you," Keys sings on the song's opening verse. "I think you're beautiful/I think you're perfect/I know how hard it gets/But I know it's worth it."
Keys released a statement about the song on her website, noting that she had drawn inspiration from her own family unit. "It means so much to me and our whole family," she wrote. "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."
Keys is married to Swizz Beatz, who had several children before the couple got together. The stars married in 2010, and have since had two children together. Their son Egypt is only 5 years old, but is already following in the footsteps of his producer father. Egypt contributed production to Kendrick Lamar's 2016 project untitled, unmastered.
Alicia Keys and ASAP Rocky's "Blended Family (What You Do For Love)" premiered on a French radio station Thursday and was later released on all streaming platforms.
"Blended Family (What You Do For Love)" will be featured on HERE, Keys’ sixth studio album that’s set to drop Nov. 4 via RCA Records. The project is said to focus on Keys roots in NYC as well as the hip-hop culture, and will provide some insight to who she is as a female artist in today’s world.
"On this album, I've arrived HERE," Keys said in a press release. "A place where I'm willing to truthfully look at myself in the mirror and to also see the reality of who we have become in this world. The good, the ugly, the shadows and the light. I've come to realize that in order for us to grow and to understand and accept each other we have to recognize the complexity of ourselves. We have to be able to talk about it and meet each other where we are, HERE."
On Oct. 9, Keys will share some of the album’s tracks during a free concert in NYC. Until then, you can pre-order HERE on iTunes.