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NEW YORK — 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."
Keys, 27, said she's read several Black Panther autobiographies and wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck "to symbolize strength, power and killing 'em dead," according to an interview in the magazine's May issue, on newsstands Tuesday.
Another of her theories: 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."
Keys' AK-47 jewelry came as a surprise to her mother, who is quoted as telling Blender: "She wears what? That doesn't sound like Alicia." Keys' publicist, Theola Borden, said Keys was on vacation and unavailable for comment.
Though she'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, it'd be global. I have to figure out a way to do it myself," she said.
The multiplatinum songstress behind the hits "Fallin"' and "No One" most recently had success with her latest CD, "As I Am," which sold millions.
Originally posted by Karlhungis
Hell, more white suburbanite kids listen to gangsta rap than anyone else these days. Looks like the man missed the mark on that master plan.
Originally posted by Cythraul
...according to Alicia Keys. Interesting idea.
"to symbolize strength, power and killing 'em dead,"
Originally posted by DisInfo
Alicia Keyes is an expert on what? Because shes black and a singer, it must be true. I think the conspiracy here is people believing a nit-wit.
Originally posted by SantaClaus
While Alicia is immensely talented, she is a complete moron.
Originally posted by ThePiemakerWhite people turn a blind eye to gang related crime in this country. Now if the thugs were white instead of minorities would this be the case? The government picks minorities because they know they can exploit minorities while the majority just sits back and does nothing.