Alicia Keys Performs On ‘Today’, Sidesteps Blender Controversy

visited the ‘Today’ show on Monday (April 21), where the singer was asked about comments in Blender magazine where she suggested gangsta rap “didn’t exist” and suggested it was “a plot to convince black people to kill each other.” Keys had earlier issued a press release stating: “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.” When ‘Today’ co-host Matt Lauer asked if she would like to elaborate on those comments, Keys responded, “I’ve already addressed this issue, and I would like to really move on to more positive things. When things have been misunderstood or misrepresented, I don’t think they deserve as much attention.” Read more, watch the interview, and watch her performances of ‘No One’ and ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ at MSN.com.


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