On Saturday night, August Alsina dropped a new song with Rick Ross called “Entanglements.” If it seems as if you’ve heard that word a lot lately, you’re right. In fact, as recently as Friday, Vulture published an interview with Alsina in which he addressed the word that Jada Pinkett Smith used in her Red Table Talk interview with Will Smith.
“I don’t know why that word is such an issue,” he said. “I would agree [with Jada]. If you look up the definition of ‘entanglement,’ it is a complex and difficult relationship. It was exactly that. I think it’s just the language that probably stuck out to people. But I definitely have to agree with it being an entanglement. It definitely was something complicated, a complicated dynamic.”
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The lyrics in “Entanglements” seem to address the relationship he had with Pinkett Smith about four years ago. They are:
“The definition of entanglement (No, oh-woah, oh, oh)
It’s when you’re tangled in the sheets (Yeah, yeah)
Girl I know that we don’t call it a relationship (No, oh, oh)
But you’re still fuckin’ with me (Oh), yeah (Yeah)
Entanglements, is when you tangled in them sheets
Entanglements, is when you’re tangled up with me
Entanglements (The number one’s here, it’s the Biggest), is when you’re gettin’ in too deep
Tangled up with me (Huh), tang—, tangled in them sheets (Yes)
Shawty leanin’ on my shoulder, got her questionin’ my willpower
Jaded by her beauty, but her reputation real solid
Mornin’ down the hallway, I can tell you how I feel about it
Caught up in the Matrix, and I doubt if I can get up out it (Come on, come on, huh)
Livin’ like there’s no tomorrow, met your boy with open arms
Tell you all my darkest stories, promise that you won’t depart
Keys to over forty cars, left me with a broken heart
Still I gotta get around, favorite artist was 2Pac
Watch a movie, then we freak it
Tangled up, I’m gettin’ deeper (Yeah)
Do this shit like every weekend, guess I’m just her little secret (Come on, come on)
Entanglement is when a man’ll lick until you tremble (Huh)
Saddest part is I still love you, just to keep it simple (Biggest)
I’m bein’ honest baby, don’t want no strings attached (Uh-uh)
You just want a nigga that’s gon’ break your back (Break your back)
I’m half? No, I ain’t ’bout to play with that (Play with that)
You left your man to fuck with me, just to pay him back
Don’t you know that’s cold hearted?
Once you gone, no comin’ back
Girl, you fuckin’ with a youngin’, I be doin’ shit you like
Don’t do talkin’ when I see you, all your hear’s love sounds
Goin’ round for round, you want a nigga that take you down (This a special bond but it ain’t true)
I’m on my way, yeah (Skrr)
I’ma pull up when he dip (Skrr)
He’s always think me and you fuckin’ (Woo)
If he see me, he gon’ trip
House with no key (Key, key)
Girl I know I fucked up your hair
Lay you down, and hit it right there
Lay you down, and hit it right there, oh, oh
That ain’t my girl, but I got the key
To the crib and to your car (To the crib and to her heart)
She don’t wanna label shit but she needs me in her life (In her life, yeah)
I don’t have to label shit to fit it in her life, life, lifestyle
We gon’ keep it poppin’ shawty, you my lil’ secret (You my lil’ secret)
Just took the lingerie around you, takin’ off next weekend
Know it’s wrong but feels right (It feels so right, yeah)
Know it’s wrong but feels right”
The lyric “Girl I know we don’t call it a relationship,” seems to directly reference Alsina’s agreement that what he and Pinkett Smith had was more of an “entanglement” than it was a relationship.
This particular section seems to reference the dynamics the two might have had: “Shawty leanin’ on my shoulder, got her questionin’ my willpower/Jaded by her beauty, but her reputation real solid.”
In the weeks following Alsina’s interview with The Breakfast Club‘s Angela Yee, both Alsina and Jada Pinkett Smith have commented on Alsina’s comment that he got Smith’s “blessing” to date his wife.
“One thing I want clean up that was swirling about in the press is about you giving permission…the only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” Pinkett Smith said on Red Table Talk.
In his Vulture interview, Alsina countered: “I can’t speak for anyone else,” he said. “What I said in my interview, how I said it, when I said it, is exactly what I said and exactly what I meant. That’s all I can really say about that. All I have is my truth, and all I have is my truth to stand on it. I don’t have any reason to lie about anything.”
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