The Daily Beast: How the Illuminati Stole Hip Hop

The Illuminati have infiltrated and influenced hip-hop to the point where it is simply undeniable.

Rumors emerged suggesting that certain artists might be part of the conspiracy. The first to come under suspicion was Jay Z. His immense success, the conspiracists theorized, couldn’t have been earned through talent, hard work, or luck. He must have sold his soul to the Illuminati. One of the first and most vocal proponents of this theory was none other than Prodigy. Jay had sampled Prodigy’s line about the Illuminati on “D’Evils” from his 1996 debut album. But by 2008, Prodigy was convinced. In a letter penned from prison, he accused Jay Z himself of being a puppet—wittingly or unwittingly—of the Illuminati, writing “J.Z. conceals the truth from the black community and the world and promotes the lifestyle of the beast instead.”

The accusations spread far and wide, first to Kanye West and Rihanna when they appeared in the video for “Run This Town” with Jay—which had a distinctlyspooky [sic] secret-society vibe, to be fair—and then to Nas, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar,Nikki Minaj, and virtually every major hip-hop figure. The rumors have transcended genre—Lady Gaga, Madonna, Bob Dylan, and Justin Bieber are all alleged to be card-carrying members of the Illuminati. YouTube is flooded with videos deconstructing lyrics, music videos, and interviews looking for hidden meaning, some with view-counts in the millions.

Peak Illuminati was achieved in 2011, and as’s Rap Stats featureattests [sic], the trend hasn’t let up. Virtually every major hip-hop star has dropped an Illuminati reference into their music—mostly to deny their membership and mock the rumors. In his 2010 track “Gasoline,” for example, Meek Mill referenced the influential Prodigy line, joking “Illuminati wanted my mind, soul, and body / They ask me would I trade it for all Maserati / I told him ‘no,’ he said 100 million, I said ‘probably.’”

Source: The Daily Beast

Whether you believe the Illuminati exists or is as powerful as some claim, the secret social club has had an indelible impact on popular culture. If it is indeed real and the Illuminati do exist and control popular culture as well as business and politics, one has to wonder: why would they seek to publicize themselves so provocatively? Perhaps they are mocking us…

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