Single Review: Alicia Keys – ‘Blended Family (What You Do For Love) Feat. A$AP Rocky’
Blended Family (What You Do For Love) is the latest single from Alicia Keys’ forthcoming sixth studio album, Here. It features A$AP Rocky rapping in the break. Keys sings from the heart about a relationship that doesn’t feature very often in popular music, the relationship between a step-child and step-parent.
Taking from her own deeply personal life, she opens up about her marriage to producer Swizz Beatz who has a son from a previous relationship with the R&B singer, Mashonda. Keys’ song couldn’t be more relevant in these times where so many families are blended (and at times broken). She provides us with insight and wisdom into this situation from her experience. A$AP Rocky also sheds light on his background, having had several step-mothers by the age of nine. He focuses on the more positive aspects of being in a blended family, like how Christmas time was ‘fly’. This song is truly art reflecting life. Keeping the instrumentation simple, with the guitar, drums and piano in a steady groove, allows the lyrics to shine.
Thank you, Alicia Keys, for being so honest in Blended Family (What You Do For Love). It’s a powerful song that will surely help many listeners deal with and process a tough family situation. “I think it’s beautiful, I think it’s perfect.”