Alicia Keys has the best on-stage security that money can buy. During the Seattle stop of the 15-time Grammy winner’s Keys to the Summer Tour, her 8-year-old son Genesis stood guard to protect his mom from any mayhem in the crowd.

As Keys belted out hit after hit, Genesis watched the sold-out crowd sternly with his hands in his pockets, ready to take on any unwarranted crowd participation.

On Monday, his father Swizz Beatz took to Instagram to praise his son for having his mother’s back. The A-list producer posted a photo of Genesis appearing very serious, standing in front of his mother’s blinged-out piano while donning a customized letterman jacket.

“My boy said I’m not playing no games on mom’s stage,” he captioned the photo. “He a real serious one. Thank you Gen we love you and your protection. He didn’t care she was live on stage.”

The text “He heard how people been acting at shows lately. My boy serious in real life” also appeared over the photo.


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While the producer made light of the young man’s intentions, there has been a recent increase in the need for crowd control. Several artists, including Cardi B, Latto and Lil Nas X, have been victims of random items being thrown from the crowd during recent performances.

One of the latest incidents was with Cardi B during her set at Drai’s Beachclub in Las Vegas on Saturday. As Blavity previously reported, the 30-year-old rapper was doused mid-performance after a concertgoer threw a drink on stage.

The rapper instantly responded by throwing the microphone into the crowd and yelling at the possible offender. The commotion caused her security to swarm the area and remove the person that may have been responsible for throwing the drink on stage.

As the viral clip made its way around social media fans provided additional clips providing context to the rapper’s hot-headed response. The unwelcomed splash came minutes after the Bronx native asked for crowd participation in cooling her off.

“I said splash my p***y, not my face b***h.”


Genesis won’t have to be on bodyguard duty for too long. The Keys to the Summer Tour is winding down with the last shows in Oakland and Inglewood on August 1 and 2, respectively; the 22-city tour kicked off on June 28.


When Keys first announced the tour, she said it would be unlike anything she’s done before with a 360-degree production stage, allowing “fans to experience her live performance in an entirely new and exhilarating way.”


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