Over boom-bap percussion, twinkling piano and a simple acoustic guitar riff, Keys opens up about the joys and difficulties of creating a new family with her husband Swizz Beatz and his son from his previous marriage with R&B singer Mashonda. Keys also addresses the love triangle gossip that surrounded the beginning of her relationship with the producer.
Meanwhile, A$AP Rocky recalls the best parts about being a kid in a blended family, rhyming, “I remember having four stepmoms at nine/ Love Christmastime and birthday was fly.”
In a post on her website, Keys said “Blended Family” would officially be available at midnight, and added of the song: “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” will appear on Keys’ upcoming sixth album, Here, her first since 2012’s Girl on Fire. The singer-songwriter has released a handful of songs in recent months including, “In Common,” “Hallelujah” and “Back to Life,” which appears in the new biopic, Queen of Katwe, about Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi.