Alicia Keys has theory on Tupac-Biggie feud

Posted: April 14, 2008 in Hip Hop (No Sucka Shit)

You’re Nobody Till Somebody kills you – Biggie

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 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.

  1. AK is dead on. Ever wonder why Rap music turned into a misogynistic gangster fest? The labels intentionally promoted the dark underbelly of Afro-American culture to corrupt the youth. Whatever happened to Grandmaster Flash, the Sugar Hill Gang, and KRS-One? They did not fit the narrative and were ushered into oblivion. Alicia is speaking the truth.

  2. Shaaaaaa says:

    This half breed white girl needs to fall back and stay in her place.. Just cause she has a black father doesn’t mean she knows about black life. Yeah she grew up inn Harlem, So what.. Harlem is 40% white now anyway..

  3. Shaaaaaa (Sasha) says:

    Keep out of Black business white girl

  4. Skeematics says:

    Yeah she grew up inn Harlem, So what.. Harlem is 40% white now anyway..

    lol.. Come on man, Alicia is cool.

  5. Busmcrs says:

    She got a black ass leave Alicia alone.

  6. Skeematics says:

    Shaaaa.. Old school rappers were more gansta than most of todays rappers. Todays rappers are 90% bitch.

  7. GR says:

    I think what she saying is kind of true and look at what mr pee is saying he didnt say they were gangster, he just stated that gangster music was promoted because it was bad and it could be used to destroy us as black people

  8. Shaaaaaa says:

    AK spoke the truth now she is pulling back on her comments.. What thurth did she speak? Mr. Johnnnnypeepers?
    We are not talking about old school rappers.. They were not gangster. Sugar Hill Ganga was not gangster.
    Plain and simple she cann’t comment on Black rappers and there life style cause it’s all fake. AK is talking all that shit about it a AK-47 chain around her neck.. What kind of statement is she making with that???

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