As similar as their theories about the Illuminati may be, this is the crucial distinction between what hip-hop fans and Tea Party right-wingers believe: the right-wing doesn’t fear Jay-Z or Kanye or Oprah. They don’t have the power or money to pull strings. They don’t have the access. Glenn Beck won’t be having a two-part series about Rihanna any time soon.
“If we’re talking about real back-door deals, real conglomerations of power, none of these rappers have enough money to be apart of it,” Hill says. “It’s not even plausible from a race perspective, from an economic perspective, that’s just not who rappers are. I know these guys. They’re not in the Illuminati.”
“Rapper’s can’t keep a group together, run a label, make a good film, or keep a secret,” says Smith, who, at 39, has worked with hip-hop artists half his life. “Kanye can’t keep his private parts offline for mass consumption, so I have a hard time imagining them having the same organization structure as the Bilderberg Group.”
And Jay-Z? His Angie Martinez interview wouldn’t be the last time he’d address the rumors. He’d go on to drop a guest verse about them on Rick Ross’ album Teflon Don:
“Couldn’t do nothin’ with me, they put the devil on me/I’d have preferred if niggas squeezed the metal on me/Rumors of Lucifer, I don’t know who to trust/Whole world want my demise, turn the music up/Hear me clearly, if y’all niggas fear me/Just say y’all fear me, fuck all these fairy tales.”
Then, the money shot: “Bitch, I said that I’m amazin’ … not that I’m a Mason.”
The name of that Rick Ross track? “Free Mason.”
Someone call Alex Jones.