You Know What, Alicia Keys?!?!?- Toya
Just last week I was discussing with Tia my difficulty with enjoying Alicia Keys' "Unthinkable" song because it reminded me of her relationship with Swizz Beats while he was married to Mashonda. I was met with a "La la la la la, I can't hear you. You will not ruin this song for me, la la la la la..." from Tia who emphatically believes that it is not about their affair until Keys says it is. Now listen, I know that is none of my business. However, I couldn't help but put myself in Mashonda's shoes as I heard "You give me something that I never felt and I deserve it." Wait, what?! Thank goodness, Darnell Levine's IAMMUSIC2010 mixtape has a cover of this great song (his version is the business by the way) so I didn't have to ignore it completely. Still, I really wanted to love this song because it is so good.
And then she went and did this. She flipped my assumed concept of the song, put it "where I live", so to say, thus making it impossible for me to not love it. And you know what? She was smart to do so. With her relationship with Swizz Beats raising eyebrows all over the blogosphere, this song almost seemed like a classic case of art imitating life. Swizz WHO?