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R&B Heavy-weight Alicia Keys checked in with The Morning Hustle’s Headkrack and Lore’l for an exclusive interview and she dropped straight jewels! Her new album “Keys” drops November 5th but in the meantime we had to take a walk down memory lane with the star and get some behind the scenes insight on some of her most infamous moments.


Unless you’ve been under a rock (or simply not born yet), almost everyone remembers when rapper, Lil Mama hijacked the stage during  Alicia & Jay-z‘s viral “Empire State Of Mind” performance at the 2011 MTV VMA’s. Lil Mama previously  expressed her regret in an emotional interview where she stated that she had not heard from Jay-Z or Keys since the incident over nine years ago. Well Keys revealed exclusively to The Morning Hustle that she never even knew the young star was on the stage until after reviewing the footage. “I truly never knew she was ever on the stage,” said Keys. Alicia also revealed that she has no hard feeling and totally understands, “I think she really felt the energy of the record.” Watch the clip below.

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She also spoke about her hubby super-producer Swizz Beats, co-creator of the Verzuz platform that saved us all during quarantine! When asked if Swizz asks for her input on who to select she said he definitely comes to her for advice. Listen to see who she wants to see hit the Verzuz stage next!

The star says her upcoming project, “Keys” will allow fans to get a raw connection to her and will also feature samples of her original hits in a special “Keys Unlocked” version to complete the entire project. Watch the full interview here…



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