Alicia Keys clarifies her statement

An interview Alicia Keys did with Blender in which she states “Gangsta rap was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. Gangsta rap didn’t exist,” has been making the rounds. On Tuesday, Alicia released a statement saying her comments were misinterpreted and that she doesn’t actually believe the government used music to incite violence. Blender, however, is standing by their article.

“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.”

You know what a real conspiracy is? That McDonald’s never brought back the Parmesan Chicken Sandwich. Wait, conspiracy or travesty? Uh, I don’t know, maybe both. Those things were delicious.

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13 years ago

i feel that alicia hit the target of most of racisms and all type of diversity problems and they dont give a damn because most government officials are white and was taught from birth how to dismiss people of different colors for there own selfish reasons.we need more minorities with power and the funding to stand up and not be afraid to tell the truth and please dont back out of something were trying so hard to change in this world i personally say minorities have a rights just like whites we can not receive pure drugs but white man… Read more »

Dee Dee (AK Fan)
13 years ago

I believe that this is the blenders way of creating a smear campaign against Alicia. I feel she was being targeted because she tends to stay out of trouble while most celebrites stay in trouble. Not only that, she just released an album and this LIE could stop it from selling. I am bi racial and so is Alicia so there is no way you can declare a bi racial person racist for the fact that somewhere along her bloodlines she would be offending herself. Alicia isn’t the type of character to attack people like that and I think the… Read more »

13 years ago

The Blender Conspiracy. You don’t think Blender would consider that Alicia Keyes has the resources to sue them to high hell for libel if they made it up. And those accountable, the editor and the writer would be fired in a heartbeat. Yes, celebrities can and do win slander cases which is why reporters carry tape recorders for interviews. Guaranteed that Blender has this on tape. They’re not amatuers. Spreading a Blender Conspiracy Theory against AK has about as much credibility as her Gangsta Rap Conspiracy. The things they both have in common is the lack of a shred of… Read more »

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