For the Conspiracy Theorist in You: Alicia Keys on ‘Gangsta Rap’

“If Malcolm or Huey had the outlets our musicians have today, it’d be global. I have to figure out a way to do it myself” – Alicia Keys 

America’s favorite bright skinned darling has people buzzing with her apparent closeted radicalism.  In the latest issue of Blender magazine, Alicia Keys, openly shares her opinion of a coordinated conspiracy to promote black-on-black violence through the media created genre ‘gangsta music’.  She says:

“‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other,” she says, putting down the sandwich. “‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.”

Come again? A ploy by whom?

She looks at us like it’s the dumbest question in the world. “The government.”

Add another line to her résumé. Alicia Keys: piano stroker, budding actress… and conspiracy theorist? This is the side of her that doesn’t square with the media-trained pro—the side your mom probably doesn’t know about when she hums “No One” on the way to Walgreens. This Alicia pores over Black Panther autobiographies (“I’ve read Huey Newton’s, Assata Shakur’s, David Hilliard’s …”). This Alicia says Tupac and Biggie were essentially assassinated, their beefs stoked “by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing.” This Alicia wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck, “to symbolize strength, power and killing ’em dead.” (“She wears what?” her mom asks Blender. “That doesn’t sound like Alicia.”)

No, it doesn’t sound the Alicia Keys we’v come to know through her sensible love songs.  But, I think this is a conspiracy we’ve all connected the dots on already.  I know the light clicked in mind after hearing Kevin Powell speak about his experiences as a journalist covering the so-called “East Coast/West Coast Beef” of the mid-90s.  I always wondered if that was a gun on her chain.  But, when I just knew that it was, I’d think “there’s no way in hell Alicia Keys is walking ’round the world kissing cheeks with white folk with a uzi on her neck.”  Well, there’s a first for everything, ’cause I was obviously wrong about that one. 

Anyway, what I learned later in the article makes me think that I’m the last one to be put on to this side of Ms. Keys.  I mean, I was surprised to see her chilling extra hard at the 2006 Black August Concert, but didn’t think much about it afterward.  Come to find out, the NYPD had been surveilling AK for suspicion of ANARCHY!

This might surprise the Grammy committee: Last year, the New York Police Department declassified documents revealing that they’d put Keys under surveillance prior to the 2004 Republican National Convention. The department released a statement explaining that they’d targeted “those openly talking of anarchist actions.” Keys, who had spoken publicly against President Bush and donated $500 to the Democratic National Committee that year, was suddenly labeled an enemy of the state. “Hell,” she says. “Someone’s gotta be an anarchist.” (SOURCE: Read full article @ Blender)


~ by Anayah on April 12, 2008.

13 Responses to “For the Conspiracy Theorist in You: Alicia Keys on ‘Gangsta Rap’”

  1. Alicia Keys is right! Check out this quote by Assata Shakur on media.

    “Like most poor people in the United States, I have no voice. The Black press and the progressive media, as well as Black civil rights organizations, have historically played an essential role in the struggle for social justice. We should continue and expand that tradition. We should create media outlets that help to educate our people and our children, and not annihilate their minds. I am only one woman. I own no TV stations or radio stations or newspapers. But I believe that people need to be educated as to what is going on and to understand the connection between the news media and the instruments of repression in America. All I have are my voice, my spirit and the will to tell the truth. But I sincerely ask those of you in the Black media, those of you in the progressive media and those of you who believe in truth and freedom to publish my story.’ -Assata Shakur

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  2. Alicia Keys is a great artist, but please don’t confuse Gangsta rap with Hip-Hop.

  3. industryfinest-

    thanks for coming through.

    i’m not sure i understand you.

    are you saying that ms. keys is confusing gangsta rap and hip-hop in her comments? if so, i don’t see that…


    are you saying that gangsta rap is not hip-hop? if so, you and i disagree on that one, i think it most certainly is. it’s not the entirety of hip-hop, but it has become part of it.

  4. you humans are deaf dumb and blind, CIA killed BobMarley because he was becoming too powerful. He was a revolutionary musician that was having tremendous influence over the masses of people all over the world. CIA did not want him to emerge as a powerful black speaker or leader. 2pac was also becoming too powerful of a speaker or leader. Pac was connecting with black communities all over america. CIA killed him too and Biggie…it just gets deeper and deeper…do some research on your own and stop believing everything you hear or see on a vidoe clip somewhere. Take care
    May GOD Bless the earth and all its creatures, we need it!!

  5. killuminati, thanks for commenting. i don’t know where to start.

    are you not a human?

    what’s your point? is it that alicia keys isn’t a human and is therefore deaf, dumb, and blind? are you saying that we shouldn’t believe these comments? or, are you agreeing with her comments and think we should too?

  6. what the fuck does “kissing cheeks with white folk” have to do with anything discussed here? who are you? sounds to me like a cheap shot to employ controversy and shed light on the bullshit associated with tabloid reporting. socio-political confusion is so rampant in america, it is absolutely refreshing to hear that Ms. Keys is confident in what she sees and believes about the history of american government as it relates to black americans.

    • lighten up sadiq. you’re right that the comment was meant to shed a little light on the bs associated with tabloid reporting – especially when it’s passed on as meaningful news. for some reason, your comment makes that intention sound wrong.

      anyhow, i can tell you didn’t understand my sense of humor. no need to defend alicia keys’ statements to me, i agreed with them. if you check out the content of my blog, you’ll see some consistency in my opinion on these kinds of things. the point of highlighting out ms. keys’ statement was to show that this is a side of her that rarely, if ever, gets shown or promoted.

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  8. I would never think Alicia Keys would turn-out to be a conspiracy theorist

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  10. I love Alicia Keys very much. I really look up to her and i love all her music! I really like “Like you never see me again”

  11. I have a collection of Alicia Keys’ album and I often watch her music videos at my home theater. It makes me happy when I listen to her songs.

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