“This song is so personal it’s almost painful to let out,” Blige previously said about the song. “I don’t hold back though. It’s not who I am and there’s now way I am going to start changing now. We all deal with love and the emotions that we get tangled up in, and we gotta survive, grow and remain honest to our best selves.”
The “Thick of It” video arrives just two days after Blige and Maxwell embarked on their joint King and Queen of Hearts tour. “I came up with the title from understanding that is who we are. It’s not rocket science,” Blige told Rolling Stone in September.
“Maxwell has been speaking to the hearts of women and men ever since he came out. That’s why I’m a fan. He moves me. He’s the king at what he does, I’m the king at what I do. This is no ego, and we’re not being arrogant – this is being sure, because we’ve been doing this for so long that we can say we’re the King and Queen of Hearts. It’s easy.”