Through The Static

April 14, 2008

Alicia Keys shares her conspiracy theories on ‘gangsta rap’

Filed under: Culture — disciplepete @ 1:17 pm

NY Daily News:

There’s another side to Alicia Keys: conspiracy theorist.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter tells Blender magazine: “‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. ‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.”…

Another of her theories: That the bicoastal feud between slain rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. was fueled “by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing.”




  1. Alicia is a talented artist but I think it’s pretty safe to say that she is an idiot.

    I first read about her interview with Blender from my fellow blogger Juan Perez over on Highbrid Nation. I couldnt beleive it. I had always thought she was smart. Little did I know. In reality she is a cross between a Black Panther and a retard.

    …she still looks good though ;).

    Comment by Mike Belgrove — April 15, 2008 @ 8:03 am | Reply

  2. Ya, I mean if she’s sayin that gangsta rap was a top-down ploy by the govt. or the man to put down Blacks, I’m not buyin it. BUT, I will say that I think it’s messed up that record companies prefer to put out mindless/gratuitously violent/misogynistic music out while so much meaningful hip hop doesn’t get much play. I do think record companies prefer to stay away from political hip hop in favor of music with destructive themes, and that’s pretty sucky.

    I’m not tryin to dismiss gangsta rap tho either, I like some of it and think it is meaningful art, but when the only way you can make it big in the rap game is by pretending to be a gangsta or bein vapid + self destructive, that’s messed up.

    Ya, I dunno about the Biggie-2pac claim either, honestly, it’s plausible I suppose, but I need more proof.

    In any case, I reserve judgement on most matters until I hear Jessica Simpson’s opinion. =)

    Comment by disciplepete — April 15, 2008 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

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