Alicia Keys recent interview in Blender magazine has revealed some interesting things about the songstress. I was actually listening to her album while reading the piece (which is crazy album), but maybe I’m a have a little crush on her so I really don’t care what she says. Anyway, here’s what she had to say about gangster rap.
‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. ‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.
Huh? A ploy by who? the government. Please don’t go down this road Alicia. You should clarify this statement by saying something like, “It was a ploy by crazy black people to kill normal peace loving black people”. Then no one will care. You just can’t talk bad about the government in 2008 for fear of being called a racist bigot (See Jeremiah Wright).
Alicia then gets a little deeper into the do-do, by saying the feud between Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. was fueled “by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing”. Huh? I love Tupac and Biggie, but “great black leader”? Since when did musicians become leaders for society? And when did rappers become leaders of anything? Artists can make music that reflects what needs to be done in society, but they can’t be the leaders of society. Their music is the soundtrack to what really leaders do (See Will-I-Am’s Yes I Can). And again from a PR standpoint, isn’t the media the same one that has given you your squeaky clean pass into the halls of white America? I see alot of white chicks at your concert Alicia, don’t upset them baby, you still got more dough to git.