Alicia Keys' Gangsta Rap Conspiracy
Alicia, 27, was quoted as saying, “Gangsta rap was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. Gangsta rap didn’t exist.”
Alicia now says, “My comments about `gangsta rap’ were in no way trying to suggest that the government is responsible for creating this genre of rap music,” issued in a statement by J Records. “The point that I was trying to make was that the term was oversloganized by some of the media causing reactions that were not always positive.
Additionally, regarding the AK-47 reference, AK-47 is a nickname given to me by some of my friends in jest, as an acronym for Alicia Keys and a metaphor for wowing people with my music and performances, “killing ‘em dead” on stage. The reference was in no way meant to have a literal, political or negative connotation.