Alicia Keys drops her newest song, “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” is a tribute to Mashonda Tifrere, hubby Swizz Beats’s ex-wife, Tifrere’s son, Kasseem Dean Jr., and the importance of putting aside contention for the sake of your family. And the song is pretty great.
Keys discussed the song’s meaning on social media and via her website before it was released early this morning.
“My new song Blended Family (What You Do For Love) will be available everywhere at Midnight. I’m so excited for you to hear this song. It means so much to me and our whole family,” she said. “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.”
The song features A$AP Rocky (who shares his own unique family story) and most times, is addressed to Kasseem, affirming the singer’s love of him (“I may not really be ya mother, but that don’t mean I don’t really love ya”) as well as the support he has in his blended family. The lyrics that stood out to me most were the ones that acknowledged their complex beginning:
I know it started with a little drama…
I hate you had to read it in the paper
But everything’s all right with me and your mama
Baby, everybody here you know adores you
And I think it’s beautiful
I think it’s perfect
I know hard it gets, but I swear it’s worth it
That’s what you do, what you do, what you do, what you do for love
There ain’t nothin’, there ain’t nothin’, there ain’t nothin’ I won’t do for us
It may not be easy this blended family but baby, that’s what you do, what you do, what you do, what you do for love
Swizz Beatz also praised the progress he, along with Keys and Tifrere, have made over the years. “I am truly proud of all of us 🙏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Blessings and positive vibes only #blendedfamily”