In a statement issued by J Records on Tuesday, Alicia Keys addressed the controversy surrounding comments she made in a recent interview with Blender magazine.
Keys said that her comments on gangsta rap were “misrepresented” by the magazine and that she was “in no way trying to suggest that the government is responsible for creating this genre of rap music.”
Keys also addressed the interview’s reference to an AK-47 pendant she wears, “to symbolize strength, power and killing ’em dead.” Keys elaborated, “AK-47 is a nickname given to me by some of my friends in jest, as an acronym for Alicia Keys and a metaphor for wowing people with my music and performances, ‘killing 'em dead’ on stage. The reference was in no way meant to have a literal, political or negative connotation.”
Keys went on to claim that “The recent implications about me are too radical and too dramatic a departure from whom I have continually demonstrated myself to be.”
Blender spokeswoman Kate Cafaro said on Tuesday, “We stand by our story.”