According to Jocelyn Vena of MTV News, "the piano-heavy tune gets funky once the chorus kicks in", on which Keys expresses her joy over the new love of her life, singing, "Makes you speechless, baby/ Don't know what to say/ I'm just speechless, baby/ The poet in me has gone away." Midway through the track, rapper Eve makes an appearance.
"Speechless" marked the pairs' first collaboration in over eight years, having previously appeared together on Eve's 2002 single "Gangsta Lovin'" from her album Eve-Olution.
She released her fourth album, The Element of Freedom, in December 2009, which became Keys' first chart-topping album in the United Kingdom, however, it was a commercial disappointment, debuting at #2 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B Albums chart behind Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream and Mary J.
Throughout her career, Keys has won numerous awards and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Swizz Beatz was named the first "Producer in Residence" at New York University, for the 2010–11 academic year.
He spent much of his childhood raised by his mother in the North East Bronx, where he first encountered hip hop.
Dean later found a protégé in Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy, whose success helped the launch of his own label imprint, Full Surface Records. Swizz Beatz has produced multiple hit singles for several prominent artists throughout various music genres, such as hip hop, pop, soul and R&B.
He went on to sign multiple artists to the label, including Eve and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, among others. His catalog includes "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" (DMX), "Banned from T.
Swizz Beatz’ estranged wife Mashonda is going public with her husband’s alleged affair with Alicia Keys.A dedication to her son Egypt, whom she gave birth to in New York City on October 14, 2010, the freestyle collaboration was released as a holiday gift for Keys's fans on Beatz's Monster Mondays program on December 27, 2010.Swizz Beatz later released the song on Monster Monday Volume One (2011).” After having a great evening with my son and enjoying some fun twit chat, I decided to sign off and get some work done.However, a few hours later I was advised that I should check @aliciakeys twit page.Vena found that the "tough rapper shows her soft side, spitting rhymes like, "In the morning when I rise up/ Go to the window and I smile, put my eyes up/ Stare in the clouds, like, 'Wow, look at my luck.'" In a review, Idolator found that Keys "may have rushed it out — ”Speechless” comes off as a little generic, despite surely heartfelt lyrics and the rock-guitar fuzz under Alicia’s piano.But there's also another part of life that's very, very spontaneous.Born and raised in The Bronx, he began his musical career as a disc jockey (DJ) and has since added rapper, singer, producer, record executive, creative director and fashion designer to his repertoire. Stories, released in 2002, in conjunction with Dream Works Records.At the age of 16, he gained recognition in the hip hop industry, through his friendship and work with East Coast rapper DMX and the Ruff Ryders Entertainment record label. He later released his debut studio album, One Man Band Man, in 2007.” Lyrically, "Speechless" finds Keys singing about love."I'm at a brand-new time in my life and a brand new feeling, and it's like this little guy, man, he takes my breath away," she says on the track before starting the first verse.