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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Alicia Keys: “My comments about ‘gangsta rap’ were in no way trying to suggest that the government is responsible for creating this genre of rap music.”

posted by on April 16 at 23:08 PM

In a press statement sent today, Alicia Keys explains the comments she made to Blender earlier this week:

“I feel it is necessary to clarify the comments that were made during my recent Blender magazine interview since they have been misrepresented.

Anyone who knows me and my character, knows that I am not a conspiracy theorist or, by implication, a racist. My comments about ‘gangsta rap’ were in no way trying to suggest that the government is responsible for creating this genre of rap music. The point that I was trying to make was that the term was over-sloganized by some of the media causing reactions that were not always positive. Many of the ‘gangsta rap’ lyrics articulate the problems of the artists’ experiences and I think all of us, including our leaders, could be doing more to address these problems including drugs, gang violence, crime, and other related social issues.”

Click here to see the full statement via Forbes.com.

Racist or no, I wonder if this press and controversy is helping with those ticket sales for that tour of hers that starts on Saturday…

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