The beautiful and talented Alicia Keys is currently featured on the cover of the May 2008 issue of Blender Magazine. The magazine isn’t scheduled to hit stands until this Tuesday, but a snippet of the article has been making its rounds online and causing a lot of controversy in the process. She believes that the government was involved in the shooting deaths of slain rappers 2-Pac and Biggie, and she also expressed her feelings about “gangsta rap.”

There’s a knock on the hotel-room door, and a minder enters with a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich: lunch. We’ve been talking about Keys’s early jones for the Notorious B.I.G. “My favorite Biggie song is ‘Me & My Bitch,’” she says, licking a stray globule of jam off her finger. “That title doesn’t make you think he’s speaking about the love of his life, but he is. She throws his shit out the window, she flushes his drugs down the toilet—she’s crazy! But if you grew up like that, then you understood, that was love in that world.”

We ask what other gangsta rappers she liked. And that’s when Keys drives a steamroller through the wall.

“‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other,” she says, putting down the sandwich. “‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.”

Come again? A ploy by whom?

She looks at us like it’s the dumbest question in the world. “The government.”

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