Alicia Keys Answers the Web’s Most Searched Questions | WIRED

published on July 2, 2020

hey I'm Alicia Keys and today I'm doing

the wired autocomplete interview here we

go

cool Alicia Keys who is Alicia Keys

that's honestly it's a really deep

question I am an artist I am a mother I

am a person who is here to bring amazing

energy I'm a singer songwriter producer

a creator I play piano and I'm here to

take your life and make you feel good

that's who Alicia Keys is bang bang bang

who is Alicia Keys related to I'm kind

of later to anybody although I always

said like the Black Keys or my cousins

but they're not really my cousins but it

would be kind of cool I only have one

brother his name is Cole Cooke

he's fire he's a photographer DP he does

visuals he's amazing creative – who is

Alicia Keys married – I am married to

Kasim Swizz Beatz Dean and we are

complete opposites which is why I think

it works

who was Alicia Keys piano teacher my

first piano teacher her name is Margaret

pine and she actually taught me from

seven or six when I started first

playing piano all the way till about 18

she also taught my oldest son piano to

two point what Alicia Keys what band was

Alicia Keys in my first band that I was

in was just four of my homegirls from my

neighborhood and I don't even think we

got so play so we had a name and then my

second band that I was in was kind of

like one of these projects that are put

together they write people and they

heard I sang and they're like oh maybe

you could be a part of it it didn't work

out with me but eventually they came out

then I think their name was little women

but I was never part of that because I

moved on and they moved on and that

didn't work out for me

and then I had another band that we

would like about 14 I was in and was our

home girls from school and we were

always together at the PL and Harlem and

104th Street singing group Theory's tell

me what you want me to tell me my time

so that was our song we sang like 6,000

times a day trying to like prepare for

anybody that was maybe open a door for

us so nothing really happened with any

other bands I was in but that's okay I'm

grateful for them all there was deep

sisterhood there eventually I you know

found my way to realize and I I wasn't

meant to be in a group what is Alicia

Keys no one about my song right there no

one is just about like the real thing

and that no matter what no one is gonna

get in a way of the real thing they

could talk about you they can think what

they want to think about you but the

truth is when something is real and then

love is real no one can get in away see

what is Alicia Keys New York Alicia Keys

is New York know what period Alicia Keys

is New York boom what is Alicia Keys

unthinkable about all my favorite songs

unthinkable is the first time that I

actually wrote with a Drake which at the

time Drake was like just coming up and

just in the game and we wrote this song

unthinkable I love it so much it's such

a zone but it's really just about are

you ready to do the unthinkable are you

ready to go where you never thought you

could go are you ready to take the leap

take the chance give it a try if you do

the unthinkable would it make us look

crazy or would it be so beautiful either

way if you ask me I'm ready

what is Alicia Keys girl on fire song

about y'all know what that's about

this title what you want about being

damn on fire this and it's about meeting

the stream of this time via lungs and

it's about being able to do karaoke

honestly that's all next slide what's

Alicia Keys doing now like right now

you like sitting here on this zoom

there's a lot of self reflection going

on and who we are in this world during

this quarantine during this pandemic

during this time so I feel like we're

all asking ourselves the same question

which is basically what what is Alicia

Keys what does that mean maybe what is

Alicia Keys a human being beautiful

human being a beautifully powerful human

being what was Alicia Keys childhood

like can you google that because what I

even come up I grew up in Hell's Kitchen

and it is in New York City

born and raised Hell's Kitchen was a

really really dark dark place at the

time that I grew up but it was really

powerful because it also had elements of

Broadway it was right there on 42nd

Street and it had you know where had as

much of the dope fiends and the

prostitutes as Broadway and the bright

light so I think that's a lot of what's

made me who I am that balance and that

difference in that dichotomy between the

darkness and finding a way through it

what is Alicia Keys full name well duh

Lygia keys but if you want to really get

all up into the bidness and the cool a

and everything that my original original

name was Alicia Augello kook that's my

full name at least when I was you know

first born then Alicia Keys became the

performance name and now at least Dean

because I'm married

what is Alicia Keys favorite color

that's not true yeah don't ask that

stuff but my favorite color is purple I

love purple it's just I don't know it

means something to me the royalness of

it the depth of it you know it's so

beautiful and there's so many different

ways that it can be a purple that's me

all day

what is Alicia Keys falling about the

song fallen is one you know the very

first song off of my very first album

called songs in a minor it was about a

relationship that I was in at the time

that was just you know it was sometimes

it was great and then sometimes it was

not great and I just could not figure

out what to do about it

you

and I kept finding myself finding myself

falling back in love with this person

and it was like sometimes I love you

sometimes you drive me crazy and you

know that feeling that we all go through

and we really love somebody but it's

like confusing

that was what falling was about how

Alicia Keys how is Alicia Keys those

granny hoes nervous stressed out losing

my mind

and then after I figured it all out and

got all together really proud and

excited to be there with y'all you know

I hosted it two times and really to

bring a feeling of genuine energy and

camaraderie how was Alicia Keys

discovered well after those 600,000 girl

groups that told you rob that didn't

really work out and didn't go anywhere

one of them had a vocal coach who was

such a beautiful soul named Conrad

Robinson he had a brother who was very

very very much into the music scene and

kind of manage different artists and had

a production company and a whole thing

and so Conrad asked Jeff his name is

Jeff Robinson to come see our group and

when Jeff saw our group he saw something

in me he said you know you should be a

solo artist and I was like no nobody

wants to be a solo artist but that was

the beginning of kind of figuring out

who Alicia Keys was how is Alicia Keys

related to Diana Ross I wish shoes who

don't want to be related to Diana Ross I

mean Tracy is like a sister to me and

she's related to Diana Ross so in a way

I'm Diana Ross's daughter how old is

Alicia Keys son well I have two sons and

one is nine and one is five and I'm

surprised they're not bombarding busting

up in here and all up in my situation

but they're not yet does Alicia Keys

does Alicia Keys act what what planet

you were living on I do act and I love

it so much I've been in some very cool

movies one that you should definitely

watch The Secret Life of Bees which is a

really good one and the other movie you

should watch that I was in it's called

smoking a

that one cult-classic baby does Alicia

Keys play the piano you know the answer

to that hell yeah

does Alicia Keys play the cello that's

good actually I played the cello and

Secret Life of Bees the movie that I was

telling you about

the character that I played played cello

so I had to learn how to play the cello

I had to practice the whole thing it was

hard I'm not even reading that out loud

that's like offensive on to the next one

does Alicia Keys write her own songs yes

I do write my own songs since the

beginning that's been my thing I also

play them and I also produce them is

Alicia Keys the best Oh its Alicia Keys

a mom yeah real good mom too

don't you wish I was your mom coolest

mom ever is Alicia Keys a vegetarian hmm

seriously I don't eat meat but I do eat

fish so you know pescetarian vegetarian

but mostly no dairy so kinda is Alicia

Keys last name really keys I told you

that already

I don't Google myself for I think that's

like really dangerous I'm sure all the

nasty ones were taken out like those

nasty people to ask nasty

[Laughter]

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