THE RAMEY COMMENTARIES: THE ALICIA KEYS SHUFFLE
By Mike Ramey
High profile person makes comment; gets call from the
string pullers that his/her comments are bad for
business; high profile person recants or says that
they mispoke, even though their comments are on tape,
video, AND DVD!
It's nice to know that the formula doesn't change.
MSNBC reported on its website that Alicia Keys is now
denying (backing away from, recanting) that she didn't
say what she said in her Blender magazine interview
about Gangsta Rap. According to an AP story, a
spokesperson for Blender Magazine is standing by their
Now, I'm not one to get excited. Somehow, someone at
the gatekeeper's desk let the truth 'slip out' in
order to boost, a) Keys' sales, and; b) the genre of
Gangsta Rap, which has been slipping in sales for the
last FIVE years, even though the 'big name playahs' of
both the male and female ranks have been still making
money by diversification of their business portfolios.
Meanwhile, those who have been dying on the streets
as a result of those who have been 'fueled' by the
rage of Gangsta Rap, are still dead, and Black men and
women are--through the miracle of techonology--EAGERLY
disrespecting one another...for the sake of a buck.
Let this be a clear lesson for media watchers and
those who want to be famous, regardless of what venue
you wish to conquer. Unless you have some of your own
intestinal fortitutde, your decisions, comments, or
even political office are going to be 'monitored' by
the blowing of the wind against your moistened index
Disappointed? Not really. I was wondering when the
truth about 'her truth' would be coming out. With the
music industry in a slump thanks to downloading and
other 'tech toys' and a sour economy, the cash
registers are starting to come up dry. The powers
that be snuffed out her 'militant' streak when their
profits were in danger. Just like in the Book of Acts
when the Apostle Paul cast the demon out of the girl
who could tell fortunes, her 'handlers'--the folk who
made money off this young woman soothsayer--demanded
financial justice...even IF the truth were made
public. Paul had to be locked up, because he ruined
their cash flow.
The same is still true today.
Thus, Alicia Keys 'may' have told the truth about
Gangsta Rap, but the high priests of the music
industry ordered the matter closed. Maybe she
'mispoke', but by recanting...nobody will be set
free--because of the money. Expect her sales to
suffer as well in the long term.
Sometimes, it doesn't hurt to be a 'Conspiracy
Theorist'. After all, they usually manage to outlive
the conspiracy, through the grace of God and through
keeping an eye on history so as to learn from it, and
not repeat it.