Alicia Keys sets the record straight

    Alicia Keys felt obliged to release a statement about her recent Blender interview, saying a comment she made- which was later posted all over the web- was misinterpreted. She was called a “conspiracy theorist” after a comment she made about the term ‘gangsta rap’ being manipulated and misunderstood by the government. She was quoted as saying “‘gangsta rap was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. ‘Gangsta rap” didn’t exist.”

    Keys later clarified her statements:

    “Anyone who knows me and my character, knows that I am not a conspiracy theorist or, by implication, a racist. My comments about ‘gangsta rap’ were in no way trying to suggest that the government is responsible for creating this genre of rap music. The point that I was trying to make was that the term was over-sloganized 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.”