Alicia Keys Discusses Her Consipiracy Theory

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.

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  • by Brad Location: Greenville on Apr 12, 2008 at 04:04 PM
    Typical Hollywood type that is not in touch with reality. They're like pitbulls and cancer, the world would be a better place without them.
  • by Blog Refuter on Apr 12, 2008 at 12:40 PM
    Leave Alicia Keys alone!
  • by Jonathan on Apr 12, 2008 at 05:26 AM
    What an idiot.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Apr 12, 2008 at 03:19 AM
    Seems ahe has either been brainwashed by the Panthers or is off her meds. Somebody please fill her lithium prescription!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on Apr 11, 2008 at 06:49 PM
    Like most people today "its always someone elses fault".
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