These days if you are a listener to hip hop or rap music you have probably heard the word Illuminati more than a few times. The entrance of the Illuminati into hip hop recently has been due primarily to rap superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z. The two have been putting out controversial lyrics, videos and pictures containing Illuminati like ideas and symbols ever since they started making music together. One of the more controversial videos put out has been the “On To The Next One” music video by Jay-Z. In this video, there are multiple pictures and references to this so called Illuminati that he is a part of.
Jay-Z and Kanye West are the proclaimed leaders of the Illuminati in the hip hop industry but many others are following suit. One of hip hop’s newest female superstars, Nicki Minaj, has been rumored to be apart of the Illuminati due to her performance in 2012 Grammy Awards because she was accompanied by a figure that was dressed as the Pope. Lil’ Wayne’s involvement has also been questioned lately because of his video of “My Homies Still” where there is twelve skeletons shown in a movie theater. The controversy over these skeletons is because a shooting in Colorado at the opening of the new Batman movie resulted in twelve casualties. The music video was put out just a week before the shooting happened. This lead people to believe Lil’ Wayne has some part in this killing. Eminem also has been included on Illuminati talks. People believe Eminem’s recent comeback with the hit single “Not Afraid” is actually him leaving the Illuminati and turning away from this powerful, secret society. The influence of Illuminati in hip hop is becoming bigger and bigger but is there any truth in it?
These days rappers often fit the mold that the Illuminati strive for: money and power. However, according to the theory, to be a member of the Illuminati you must be born by blood into it; there is no joining. Many people speculate that the rap industry uses this false idea to to gain more money by creating interest in listeners using this mysterious Illuminati group as a cover. This is a valid point by speculators but the other side of the argument is equally valid. The ideas portrayed by rap and hip hop music are generally sinful and not of the normal morals and ideals that people carry in life. This in mind, using rap music as a way to influence society and change the way people think could be a powerful strategy used by the Illuminati. The Illuminati, real or not, has penetrated the minds of listeners whether for money or world domination and continues to grow into a big story made up of anything but facts.