Alicia Keys Blender May/June 2008 Cover; Marriage Planned This Summer?
Grammy Award winning singer Alicia Keys describes her belief that Biggie and Tupac were killed as part of a conspiracy by the American government in the latest issue of Blender Magazine. After her statement on “Gangsta Rap” the singer has been attacked by multiple media outlets and even by her own fans and fans of Gangsta Rap.
She tells Blender magazine: “‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. ‘Gangsta rap’ didnâ€™t exist.”
NY Daily News: Keys, 27, said sheâ€™s read several Black Panther autobiographies and wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck “to symbolize strength, power and killing â€™em dead,” according to an interview in the magazineâ€™s May issue, on newsstands Tuesday.
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.”
Keysâ€™ AK-47 jewelry came as a surprise to her mother, who is quoted as telling Blender: “She wears what? That doesnâ€™t sound like Alicia.” Keysâ€™ publicist, Theola Borden, said Keys was on vacation and unavailable for comment.
Though sheâ€™s known for her romantic tunes, she told Blender that she wants to write more political songs. If black leaders such as the late Black Panther Huey Newton “had the outlets our musicians have today, itâ€™d be global. I have to figure out a way to do it myself,” she said.