Video: Alicia Keys Reminisces in HP Promo

Alicia Keys looks back on the beginning of her career in a promo for “The Beat Is On with HP” campaign. In the clip, the glowing songstress recalls recording her debut Songs in A Minor in her Harlem bedroom, turning her closet into a booth, and driving her fellow tenants nuts.

“You could imagine how we tortured the neighbors. They would bang on the ceiling with a broom come three or four in the morning and I’m sitting here singing passionately at the top of my voice,” she said. “I really feel like a lot of that is the reason why that album has the particular feeling that it does, because we didn’t have anything. Sometimes, when you don’t have much, you make the best out of what you have and it makes a vibe and an energy.”

Take a stroll down memory lane with the R&B songbird.



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21 Comments

  1. OnlyBoy

    gorgeous!

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  2. MONKEY

    Fake laugh at the end. Priceless!

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  3. Sarah

    The best..Love her and so proud of her longevity in the industry.

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  4. S S S & M M M

    Omg I luv her! Can’t believe she started out recording in her apartment. Her neighbors hated it then but had no idea they were listening to the sounds of a future musical great lol

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  5. whatsittoyou

    What fake laugh? She’s anything but fake. Very beautiful and seems very humble. Love her singing, speaking, piano playing, or whatever. She is a very special young lady.

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  6. S S S & M M M

    I wanna do my hair like that but I don’t know how :( if anyone knows PLEASE leave a comment. Prom is only a couple months away. <3

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  7. BritneySpearsPop

    This fake homewrecker, low-budget beyonce, no class slut. I hope every thing she touches flops. How are u gonna act like u second to God then fuck a married woman’s husband. Bitch go back fucking for tracks and staying on your knees. We all know how she got her record deal trashy cunt.

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    crazystuff Reply:

    @BritneySpearsPop, hmm, seems someone is a little angry. So how do you behave when you don’t get what you want or someone actually has an effect on YOUR life. You don’t know Alicia or anything about her. Calm down. It’s silly for you to be so angry with her over absolutely nothing that concerns you. People gossip, don’t take it all so seriously.

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    Karen Reply:

    @BritneySpearsPop, Definitely not very nice. Much love and respect for Ms Keys.

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  8. MONKEY

    @whatsittoyou – That is exactly what they want you to think. Now you don’t see the fake laugh and when you see an HP product in the mall, you might think Alicia Keys aka Beautiful, Humble, Special. Mission accomplished.

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    whatsittoyou Reply:

    @MONKEY, Not fake.

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  9. Mike

    wow some people here are so rude.

    Interesting to hear that story. I love her music.

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  10. Taty

    Spewing such hate about people you don’t even know is so sad, but I guess if no one loves you, you can’t help but spread hate.

    Anyway, love her! A lot of people don’t really know about where she came from, but she’s had to struggle, so her story is inspiring.

    Also, I don’t think there’s anything fake about Alicia Keys. If you really look at her songs, and the things she says, she’s very real. It’s the media that puts her on a pedestal, not her.

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  11. L.A. Baby

    The best. Haters can’t handle so much talent, beauty & intelligence.

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  12. Kim

    @britneyspears pop stop faking Mashonda, we all know that’s you, yoy can call her what you want, but what you can’t do is block her blessings and she is TRULY blessed. You on the other hand will block whatever is coming to you with your envy and hatred. Good luck with that while Licia soars.

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  13. Jenn

    Love her!

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  14. dj

    This is a really cool story. Alicia is so talented and extremely sexy.

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  15. alicia's a homewrecka

    she is fake…you desperate stans are delusional. she learned how to get on her knees and started f*cking for tracks.

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    whatsittoyou Reply:

    @alicia’s a homewrecka, We need cyber police to control the lies and slander.

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  16. MONKEY

    I was not talking about her, but the commercial. People who say “haters gonna hate BLABLA” all the time here are so ignorant.

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  17. Lovable

    This is why I love Alicia Keys. She is a talented musician whose focus is always on her craft.–Not gossip.

    We would due well as a society to follow suit.

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