I'm a reader of Blender Magazine and even though it's in the family of Maxim magazines, I find it to usually be pretty interesting when it comes to its theories on best/worst songs and whatnot. I've also tended to ignore the interviews with the artist on the cover unless there was something about them that struck my fancy. I'm not a big Alicia Keys fan (especially not of her film work), so I might be biased about this, but reading up on what she was answering in this interview makes me want to rattle some sense into her young body.
When asked about the Notorious B.I.G and her profession of appreciation for his music, she named "Me and My Bitch" as being her favourite song of his. But when further pressed on the topic of gangster rap, Keys went on to say, "Gangsta rap' was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. Gangsta rap' didn't exist." Whaaaa? When pressed, she revealed that not only does she wear an AK-47 pendant to represent, "...strength, power and kill 'em dead." she believes that the government and the media are to blame for Biggie and Tupac's deaths.
At this point, I wasn't entirely sure the girl was operating on all cylinders, but she claims that she's been reading... and we all know that reading must mean you know everything. Because of said reading, she's figured out who Huey Newton was (Black Panther leader) and that if he “had the outlets our musicians have today, it’d be global. I have to figure out a way to do it myself." Someone call in Reverend Run. This girl needs some help from above.