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Alicia Keys Says She Was Misinterpreted

Posted By on April 15, 2008

    As we previously reported, Alicia Keys recently was interviewed by Blender Magazine and quotes started spreading on the internet that said she made comments that included blaming the government creating gangsta rap and the deaths of Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur. Soon as Alicia Keys saw the reports on the internet, she called Ryan Seacrest's L.A. radio show to say her comments were "misinterpreted." As far as the government creating gangsta rap, Keys told Seacrest "What I was saying is that the term 'gangsta rap' was so oversloganized during that time," continuing "Everyday people, as well as the government, could've really done so much more to really obliterate and eradicate the things that were going on in the communities."

     The Blender interview included Keys saying that Tupac & Biggie were "assassinated by the government and the media." Alicia cleared up what she meant by saying believes that the intense media scrutiny surrounding the East Coast/West Coast beef contributed to the rappers' deaths. "It was just an over sensationalized situation," she says. She went on to say "I think that what happens is that when other people are telling the story, I don't feel [Pac and Biggie] were really able to communicate with each other and really tell each other what they meant. Instead it kind of came through different outlets and different people and it might have gotten misconstrued or misinterpreted."