Alicia Keys Transfigured into a Bad Girl?

12 04 2008

Alicia, the BadThe last time I saw my girl, Alicia Keys, live was about three years ago, at the Nassau Coliseum when she performed as guest star at Beyonce’s concert. Looking at her fully clothed, unlike Beyonce who let it all hang out, I couldn’t help but admired Alicia Keys for her saintly look and beauty. The audience responses were overwhelming; she actually stole the show from the ‘foxy’ Beyonce. This basically means female entertainers don’t have to dress like hustlers to make strong impact on the music audience. Surprisingly, despite her vast success, Alicia Keys has recently resulted to erotic dresses. Heck!! Who want to see your butt or boobs? We just want to listen to your good music. Those sexy dresses might have worked Beyonce, Rihanna, Ciara and other ass-shakers but that is not you, Alicia babe. 

(Upper picture reps the ‘bad girl’ Alicia. The below reps the ‘decent’ we used to know)

Alicia, the DecentAs if the half-naked dresses aren’t doing enough dents, now sweet Alicia Keys wants to become a modern day Black-Panther. AP reported that Alicia Keys is transforming her self from a romantic to political singer. “She now wears AK-47 chains on her neck,” the report said. She is being spurred by some ridiculous conspiracy spins, such as government encouraged the gangster rap conflict that killed two hip-hop greats, B.I.G and Tupac. Well, Ms. Keys, regardless of how many books you red or researches you have done; your government/gangster rap conspiracy theory is a nobrainer. I don’t think US Government or FBI gave rappers ammo to kill each others. At least, no authority gave Ice T, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre’s NWA mics or guns to start gangster rap. Back in the 80s, before gangster rap, there were hip-hop groups with clean lyrics. Thanks to the pioneers like SugarHill Gang, Grand Master Flash/Furious 5. Even the political rappers likes Chuck D and Public Enemy never rhythmed killing with guns or calling women hos.

The only conspiracy in hip-hop is the deliberate attempt in the industry to get violent, coupled with expletive lyrics to attract media attention. It is such strategy that made likes of Eminem, 50 cent, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog and others became multi-millionaires today. I could go on this topic for hours; in short, the violence in hip-hop is self-inflicted, strategically plotted by the rappers and their promoters to draw attention and make money out of it.

Moreover, it’s good to remember that hip-hop music became fully “mainstream” after the death of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. So who are the reapers here? Consequently, P. Diddy, former B.I.G’s promoter became famous worldwide and currently on his way to becoming a billionaire. So, Alicia Keys ‘sweetie’ wants us to believe that government is the gainer in the hip-hop game?

People don’t need Alicia Keys to use her music fame to teach about civil rights. Before she ever came to the surface of this planet, there had been great leaders such as late Dr. Martin Luther King, late Malcolm X, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and other who have been and still doing stellar jobs of fighting inequality. Without the struggles of these leaders, Obama wouldn’t have the courage to run for President office and most minority high-archivers wouldn’t have made it to the top of their careers today.

As it is said in the media that “Alicia Keys was born into the wrong era” because of the nature of her songs which sound so 1960ish – but I love it though. Perhaps, this is what prompted her to look at today’s struggle as if we were in the Black-Panther haydays. If Alicia Keys wants to join the civil right struggle, she would be better off donating money to the causes and be an occasional advocate rather than turning her concert(s) into political protest Arena.

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Digging for facts is better mental exercise than jumping to conclusions.” – Bernard Baruch

UPDATE: Alicia Keys Quickly Back-pedals From Gangster Rap’s Conspiracy Theory. Read more. MSNBC>>

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6 responses

19 06 2008
DJ SoulVOX

There’s nothing wrong with dressing sexy. There is a line that doesn’t need to be crossed and I’ve never seen a photo of her that could be described as erotic. The bigger difference is the subtext of the photos. Her photos are sexy, cute and beautiful, not erotic. As for the politics, there’s a long tradition of musicians being political leaders in the eyes of the youth. How about Chuck D, Bob Dylan, or even back to Mammie Smith from the 20s. That’s how politics reaches the youth. It’s almost their job to make us care. The word conspiracy does not mean paranoia, it does occur. No the FBI didn’t give them ammo to shoot each other but they weren’t trying very hard to stop it. In fact, they stopped investigating Biggie’s murder because there was evidence leading toward a dirty cop and they didn’t want the bad press. That’s a conspiracy. The gangster rap conspiracy isn’t by the government but it is from the record labels to help keep black men scary looking to white people and more suburban white kids buy gangster rap than actual gangsters. By the way, Chuck D is Public Enemy and NWA is Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy-E. Ice-T was not in NWA. Her conspiracy theory may be a little out there but there’s nothing wrong with her expressing publicly her political views and if you’ve ever seen an actual Black Panther, they are far, far, far more extreme than her and next time you blog you should proof read.

19 06 2008
DJ SoulVOX

Oh yeah, and how can you put Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton in the same list as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Jesse Jackson fights very hard but he backs anything black rather than actually looking for what’s right. He probably still thinks OJ is innocent. Al Sharpton goes on TV and acts like he’s a leader of the black community but all he really does is a big fat nothing. Like when he backed the angry mob that beat a rabbi to death in Crown Heights whom was rushing to help a little black boy hit accidently hit with his car.

20 06 2008
Mak Ossa

“By the way, Chuck D is Public Enemy and NWA is Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy-E. Ice-T was not in NWA.” — DJ SoulVOX

Hi DJ SoulVOX:
I think if anyone has to proof read, it got to be you. Do you understand English grammar ? I know all about NWA members back in the day, and I did not say Ice-T was a member. I separated the names with “comma”; that is why I say Dre’s NWA. Because in my opinion, Doctor Dre appeared to be, the “coolest cat” among the group, calling the shot.
That is the same reason I separated ‘Chuck D’ from the Public Enemy – giving respect to whom it is due. U heard!!

As for Martin Luther King and Malcolm, I don’t care what you personally think of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. The issue here is civil rights and that is their cause.

Lastly Alicia Keys was reportedly said it in her own word that she read books about Black Panthers. That why the name came up. My point is that Alicia Keys should just be herself and do what she is been doing without trying be somebody else.

28 06 2008
29 06 2008
kukudavis

hi alica you look good and i like everythings about you that mean that i love you

16 10 2008
DJ SoulVOX

Well, I do know the English language and you should have used a semi-colon. But, that’s not my point. It pisses me off when people criticize artists for doing something different. As an artist, I take serious offense to people thinking hey know an artist better than an artist knows herself.

Did you ever think that maybe she has simply changed? Would you want to never progress or do anything differently for the rest of your life? Maybe she wants to dress sexy. Maybe she is succumbing to pressure but the truth is you and many other bloggers have no idea why she makes her decisions and this was the article that set me off.

But, seriously, use a grammar check before you post and if you don’t want criticism don’t leave comment space.

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