The multi-Grammy winner’s dedication to New York City is a stripped-down rendition of the original song in which she shines through with her strong voice. A cinematic video made by Sylvia Zachary and Sing Lee, featuring none other than Slick, has also been published. Rick makes an appearance, forcing the singer to wear ice.
The new song, dubbed “Part II,” sees Keys elaborate on her catchy hook from the previous song, toning down the instrumentation so that the attention is on her vocals. While the song’s drill aspects do appear occasionally with the changing basslines, the tune is mostly comprised of Keys and the main piano melody. Her hook is still there, but she’s added verses around the massive chorus to fill it out.
Alicia Keys has released “City of Gods Part II,” a re-working of the Donda 2 single “City of Gods” that sees the Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer paying respect to her homeland of New York City, after her much-hyped collaboration with Kanye West and Brooklyn-based rapper Fivio Foreign. The singer debuted the new tune live for the first time on The Ellen Show with a spectacular performance.
Keys’ version of the song blends the singer’s distinctive jazz-tinged piano progressions with the trap-inspired background rhythm of the song featured on Donda 2 — which, like “City of Gods,” interpolates the chorus of The Chainsmokers’ “New York City.” On the first stanza, Keys sings, “City of gods, city of dreams/City where nothing is ever as it appears.” “They’ll never take you away from me/Because I only see eternity.” In her Ellen performance, she paid tribute to the Big Apple by playing a grand piano in front of a glowing New York City cityscape.
Keys will play “City of Gods (Part II)” on Ellen to coincide with the release of the album. She also released a music video directed by Sylvia Zachary and Sing Lee for this updated version of the song. Slick Rick also makes an appearance in the video. It’s unknown if the new version of the song is from a planned release or not.
The song is her first release after breaking free from her contract with the release of her eighth studio album, Keys, last year.
The stripped-down music video that accompanies the track’s release shows Keys dressed to the nines and standing beside Mercedes’ Vision EQ Silver Arrow concept vehicle. Keys, a Mercedes brand ambassador, has appeared in multiple adverts for the German automaker and performed at a launch event for the company’s range of electric automobiles in November. Slick Rick, a rapper, also makes an appearance in the video, putting numerous spectacular pieces of jewelry around Keys’ neck.
Keys, the singer’s eighth studio album, was released in December, a 26-track double-album that Rolling Stone deemed “her most ambitious to date.” She most recently appeared at West’s sprawling (and raucous) Donda 2 listening party in February, and in March, she debuted a limited-edition collaboration with sportswear company Athleta. Keys will shortly embark on a lengthy tour of the United States and Europe in support of Keys, which will begin on June 9 in Birmingham, England and conclude on September 24 in Nashville.
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Alicia Keys is a well-known, award-winning R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer who possesses one of the finest voices of the early twenty-first century. She was born in New York on January 25, 1981.
Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, launched her career, and she went on to become the best-selling new artist in 2001. Her follow-up album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), and her album for the MTV Unplugged series in 2005 solidified her place at the top of the pop and R&B charts. Her most popular songs are powerful ballads such as “Fallin’,” “If I Am not Got You,” and “No One.”
Alicia Keys, a pop/R&B legend and 15-time GRAMMY winner, was announced as the host of the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 15, 2019. This will be Keys’ first time serving as master of ceremonies for Music’s Biggest Night.
Alicia Keys, born Alicia Augello-Cook, has been married to Swizz Beats since 2010, with whom she has two children: Egypt Daoud and Genesis Ali.
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