Alicia Keys looks like she's opening up the vault on a consistent basis with this first release above and the new site AKVault.com. "Die Without You" is a cover of PM Dawn's "I'd Die Without You" that Keys recorded in '07. Enjoy.
This one will grab your attention. Alicia Keys provides a powerful tune for the 12 Years A Slave Soundtrack. I keep hearing amazing things about the movie as well; it's definitely on my short list to check out soon!
Correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure Jay Z is the first rapper to appear solo on a Vanity Fair cover. Any who, Jay Z gets suited up in white with his black bowtie for the November issue of Vanity Fair. No stranger to the mag, as back in 2007 he appeared on the cover along with Alicia Keys for their special Africa issue. Inside, Jay Z reveals how gangsta Beyoncé has become since being with him, still rapping at 43 years young, and dealing drug back in the day. Jay Z also discusses how Blue Ivy is biggest fan, which is the greatest joy he feels. Check out a few highlights from the interview below.
Jay says that when he and Beyoncé were both featured on the cover of Vanity Fair’s 2001 Music Issue
“We were just beginning to try to date each other.” Try? “Well, you know, you’ve got to try first. You got to dazzle . . . wine and dine.” He tells Robinson that “of course” he pursued Beyoncé, and when asked if he hadn’t been Jay Z—say, he had been a gas-station attendant and she pulled up—would he have been able to date her, he responds, “If I’m as cool as I am, yes. But she’s a charming Southern girl, you know, she’s not impressed. . . . But I would have definitely had to be this cool.” Jay confirms that the line on his latest album, “She was a good girl ’til she knew me” is about Beyoncé, and when Robinson asks if she’s not a good girl anymore, Jay laughs, saying, “Nah. She’s gangsta now.”
Jay admits that, after all these years, he still loves to rap
“I know I said I wouldn’t be doing it when I was 30,” he tells Robinson, “so that’s how I know I love it. Thirty years old was my cutoff, but I’m still here, 43 years old.”
Jay speaks on dealing drugs and contributing to the epidemic
“Crack was everywhere—it was inescapable. There wasn’t any place you could go for isolation or a break. You go in the hallway; [there are] crackheads in the hallway. You look out in the puddles on the curbs—crack vials are littered in the side of the curbs. You could smell it in the hallways, that putrid smell; I can’t explain it, but it’s still in my mind when I think about it.”Jay tells Robinson he sold crack but never used it, and when asked if he ever felt guilty about contributing to what was becoming an epidemic, he says, “Not until later, when I realized the effects on the community. I started looking at the community on the whole, but in the beginning, no. I was thinking about surviving. I was thinking about improving my situation. I was thinking about buying clothes.”
Blue Ivy preferring his music more then Beyoncé’s
“That’s not true. She does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more . . . Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it.”
Check more of Jay Z's interview with Vanity Fair here.
So far since its release Girl On Fire has only sold 669k. If Alicia plays her cards right I’m sure she can push the album to platinum status. Personally Alicia should have never dissed “New Day” for “Girl On Fire,” because “Tears Always Win” would have be a great follow up. Hopefully everything works out because Girl On Fire is an amazing album! You can listen to “Tears Always Win” below: