- In a potentially controversial chat with Blender mag, Alicia Keys, 27, says, "Gangsta rap was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. Gangsta rap didn't exist."
Ms. Keys, sporting a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck, says she has been reading books by some of the members of the Black Panthers.
She says the feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers, which led to the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., was fueled "by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing."
Great, expect a shift from shitty love songs to even shittier political songs.
It's been over 10 years, let's be real, Tupac wasn't a leader and neither was Biggie. They were rappers who got shot.
NWA wasn't a government funded experiment to disseminate the idea of black-on-black violence to the hood. It was a bunch of black dudes playing thug dress-up to make money. Expect Alicia's career to take a quick nose dive.
If I'm going to fuck with a mentally unstable black woman it has to be my girl Erykah Badu.
See at least she knows how to mask the truth with humor, absurdity and self-awareness.
Much like the gangster rap that was created by the media, Alicia Keys now says that her comments were twisted by Blender.
"We stand by our story," Blender spokeswoman Kate Cafaro told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
"My comments about `gangsta rap' were in no way trying to suggest that the government is responsible for creating this genre of rap music," Keys said in a statement issued by J Records. "The point that I was trying to make was that the term was oversloganized by some of the media causing reactions that were not always positive. Many of the `gangsta rap' lyrics articulate the problems of the artists' experiences and I think all of us, including our leaders, could be doing more to address these problems including drugs, gang violence, crime, and other related social issues."
As for the AK-47 remark, Keys said Tuesday that AK-47 is a nickname given to her by friends "as an acronym for Alicia Keys and a metaphor for wowing people with my music and performances, `killing 'em dead' on stage. The reference was in no way meant to have a literal, political or negative connotation."
I don't believe her.
What happened was her label said,
"Um Alicia, I see you're getting political. That's great. Hey quick question, what race of people do you think buys the majority of your CD's?"
"Ok, great, I'm calling the AP now, prepare some more bullshit excuses."