Alicia Keys clarifies her statement

Alicia Keys

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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