Keys Talks About Her Conspiracy Theories
U.S. singer Alicia Keys performs in Madrid, March 17, 2008. 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. Daniel Ochoa de Olza
From Associated Press
April 11, 2008 5:22 PM EDT
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: 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
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
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,"
The multiplatinum songstress behind the hits "Fallin'" and "No
most recently had success with her latest CD, "As I Am," which sold
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