My whole take on this Mashonda/Swizz Beatz/Alicia Keys thing…meh.
However, I thought about it today and I realized Mashonda is getting covers for this whole business…she never got them for her music!
I remember she had that one Swizz Beatz produced song “Blackout” that had two versions — one with Snoop (see below video) and one with Nas. I liked the Nas one better, but the song was pretty terrible. Mashonda’s vocals were like, thin as rice paper and 2000 Kelis-esque. I remember thinking then, “the only reason she got signed is cause her husband is Swizz Beatz.”
I always cracked up because Swizz Beatz was speaking in them church tongues — “SHONDA! She’s a problem!” You got to be a church kid to get that.
LOL but tell me that this song isn’t laughable. The beat is kinda hot, but yeah…
Anyway, all that to say, I feel sorry for her. Alicia Keys is scandalous, and so is Swizz Beatz. I’m sure we will never know the whole story, but of course Alicia is going to catch the brunt of it because of who she is and the songs she’s sung about. Torrid and unfortunate for the children basically. That’s all I’mma say.