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Memory Lane: Stream Alicia Keys’ sophomore album ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’

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Featuring smash hit record ‘You Don’t Know My Name’ produced by Kanye West and its follow-up ‘If I Ain’t Got You’, the love song dawned on us in the Fall of 2003. Crisp air rustled our tresses and tightly-kneaded hair in New York City, as the bass on the Hell’s Kitchen singer Alicia Keys’ popular tune rattling trunks and windows. Its visual component featured Mos Def; quickly peaked to number one on the US R&B charts (‘US Adult R&B Songs’ and ‘US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs’). It was a moment, the moment all new artists deserve.

Some other records on the album that I equally enjoyed are the funky ‘Heartburn’, ‘Diary’ with Tony! Toni Toné!, and Jermaine Paul, and ‘Wake Up’. If you haven’t listened to the New York City-bred singer’s second album since 2003, do yourself a favour and revisit.


Written by Richardine Bartee

Her unprejudiced love for people, the arts, and business have taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, and a GRAMMY U Mentor.

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