Alicia Keys Says Gangsta Rap Created By The Gov't, NYers React

Alicia Keys' recent statements blaming the creation of gangsta rap music on the U.S. government has gotten her old New York neighborhood talking.
In a recent interview with Blender magazine - which hits stores tomorrow (April 15) - the Grammy award winning singer said that she believes the government created gansta rap as a "ploy to convince black people to kill each other."

Residents of Keys' old Harlem neighborhood were split in their reactions to her controversial conspiracy theory.

Shawn Gillis, a 21 year-old rapper and poet said that Keys' claims belittle rap groups like NWA and emcees like Snoop Dogg's contributions.

"I don't think it was the government," Gillis told New York's Daily News. "The government didn't make them who they were."

But William Fox, a 65-year-old resident in Keys' former W. 137th St. building all but echoed her allegations.

"The government has proven in the past to be untrustworthy," Fox said. "I don't want to say they're behind it, but they're somewhat behind it."

Keys also said the government perpetuated the bi-coastal hip-hop feud that snuffed the lives of rap greats Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., "to stop another great black leader from existing.