Alicia Keys celebrated the release of her latest record, Here, on November 4, but she didn’t just swing through The Tonight Show to perform a song and call it a day: She brought out one of the year’s best up-and-coming rappers, teamed up with The Roots, and scored a box of doughnuts before leaving the studio, too.
While “Holy War” was technically the first burst of new music we heard from Here, “Blended Family,” Keys’s collaboration with A$AP Rocky, serves as the album’s first single, and it’s what she chose to bring to The Tonight Show on the day of her record release. Young M.A — the Brooklyn rapper that's caught the attention of Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, and countless others — filled in for Rocky to round out the massively talented group.
It’s about as flawless as you’d expect, from Young M.A’s flow to Keys’s belt to the backing might of The Roots.
Oh, and that doughnut thing: That was an inside joke, more or less. Turns out The Roots and Keys used to rehearse in the same studio in the ’90s, and they were all huge fans of Krispy Kreme, which explains the box of glazed glory Fallon handed over to Keys before her performance.
Every great performance should be met with snacks, especially if they’re fresh outta the oven — or off your local Krispy Kreme’s conveyor belt.