04/15/2008 AT 2:10 PM ET
Alicia Keys is clearing the air on her statements that gangster rap was a government “ploy to convince black people to kill each other” and that the government and media were responsible for the drama between slain rappers Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.
“The term ‘gangsa rap’ was so over-sloganized during that time,” she said, “and in so many ways everyday people as well as the government could have really done so much more to obliterate and eradicate the things that were going on in the community at that time that forced the artists to discuss and talk so strongly what they saw- what they lived with every day.”
Keys also addressed her theory the rappers’ deadly feud was fueled “by the government and the media to stop another great black leader from existing.”
“It was just an over-sensationalized situation,” she told Seacrest. “We don’t know who killed Biggie and Pac. But I do feel like had more communication been done between the two men, that result would have not happened.”
Calling the situation “disappointing,” Keys added, “All the things that I try to do to inspire people and it rarely gets nearly this much attention.”
But Keys isn’t holding a grudge. Aside from the few lines that “provoked all of this madness” Keys thought the interview was great. “The only thing I regret is a negative spin has been put on something that wasn’t my intention.” – Jackie Fields