It’s no secret that Jay-Z has been repeatedly accused of being in the dubious, underground, worldwide organization known as the Illuminati.
The allegations are often based on images in Jay’s music videos, such as “On to the Next One,” and more recently in the cover of his and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne album.
There are also theories thrown around saying that the Roc Nation/Roc-A-FellaDiamond hand symbol that all the label’s artists throw up is a modern adaptation of the “all seeing eye” of the and Free Masons.
Despite the fact that historians still dispute the existenceof a modern Illuminati brotherhood, the rumors that Jay-Z is somehow an agent of this trans-national organization has stuck. In fact, over 60,000 people search google each month for the phrase “Jay-Z Illuminati.”
Of course these accusations against Jay-Z are utterly baseless. The Illuminati were an organization of scientists and intellectuals, not musicians. They were atheists, while Jay has stated several times that he believes there is a God. Also, the claim that many uneducated people make that the Illuminati and the Free Masons are the same thing is complete absurdity. As I perviously mentioned, the Illuminati were atheists, and, while talk of religion is prohibited in Free Mason lodges, one must believe in some sort of higher being in order to be permitted entrance.
Over there years, several interviews with Hov addressing the Jay-Z Illuminati rumors have sprung up. But no matter how many times Jigga explicitly denies being in the Illuminati, the question keeps popping up. This time it was the Delta Airlines Sky magazine that brought up the topic. Jay-Z had this to say.
“It may sound a little arrogant, but I just think people cant handle when somebody else is successful. Something has gotta be wrong; you gotta be down with some higher power. And I guess when someone else is successful, it makes you feel like maybe youre a failure. So it cant be you, it has to be some other force.”
In addition to doing innumerable interviews on the subject, Jay-Z also appeared on Rick Ross’ “Free Mason” track from Teflon Don, in which he also railed against the Illuminati accusations.
Kanye West has also thrown lyrical jabs at the conspiracy theorists as he is also constantly being accused by them. In the track “Welcome to the World,” the intro from T.I.’s No Mercy, Kanye raps:”people ask me shit about Illuminati/first off, fuck that mean?/he loved Jesus when he he he was worse off/oh I see. When they, think a n-gga is stupid rich/people just start coming up with stupid shit/shit I could never predict/hold up, let me hit you with this
“But it’s probably safe to say that no matter how many times Jay-Z and Kanye West respond to the accusations, they will still keep coming. And Jay and ‘Ye will just keep saying:”Bitch, I said I was amazing/Not that I’m a mason”