Saturday, April 12, 2008

Yet one more twit in the music industry

There are all kinds of weirdos out there. Mostly in the entertainment industry, whether Movies, TV or music, you will find no shortage of nuts. Now along comes Alicia Keys. I am familiar with her work, though I don't listen to it, she has been on The Tonight Show and Conan among others, so I have seen her. But she states 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."

Huh? another great black leader from existing? just what we need, a "black" leader that's a thug and a criminal. So I guess now people like Keys and others think that someone like Shakur or Biggy Smalls are somehow destined to be considered a "leader" of the magnitude of MLK? And that the government is somehow in on this? Please, the government couldn't give a damn about either of those no talent and DEAD individuals.

As far as I am concerned, the whole "gangsta" rap genre is best described in one word "Crap". I find no redeeming value in music that promotes violence, degrades women, promotes drug use and is just obnoxious to listen to anyway. I suppose the argument can be made that there are Rock songs that do the same, but I have yet to hear the amount of Rock music that promotes killing cops and rivals like rap. To be fair, there's a lot of "Rock" that's not worth the trouble to listen to, some of it just baffles me how the artist's got signed. But hey, if they all want to kill each other off, that's fine with me, that means that less innocent people will get hurt and kids might find a better form of music to listen to.

I have always held that it takes no talent to do rap, as it's just sophomoric rapping over a monotonous beat usually provided by a drum machine. Most of the time you can't understand a thing they are saying as they usually can't speak English.


Keys Talks About Her Conspiracy Theories

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.