Just in time for the 20th anniversary of Alicia Keys' debut studio album, Tidal is celebrating Songs in A Minor in June with commentary from the artist herself as well as her collaborators, and Billboard has the first look. In an exclusive video, Keys unlocks the stories behind the track "Rock Wit U" and working with the legendary Isaac Hayes.
"One of my favorites is 'Rock Wit U,'" Keys shares at the beginning of the video. She goes on to reveal how, as a young artist, she had no clue how to put a record together to sound the way she imagined. Her solution? Listening to her favorite artists' releases and studying "the back of the album" to try to understand producing.
One of those favorites whom she studied was none other than Hayes. "Isaac Hayes was one of the most amazing arrangers and producers of all time, period," she insists. "And 'Rock Wit U' was definitely inspired by his style of creating music -- of that real '70s energy, that '70s vibe, a lot of kind of guitar, and you had strings, and you had long intros and you had very dramatic music around the song."