Hip Hop & Freemasonry: Should We Be Worried?
For some time now, conspiracy theories have been posted to the Internet linking Jay-Z to Freemasonry. There have even been posts and comments about it on this site. More recently, however, the theories/allegations/suspicions have begun to broaden dramatically and now include the entire hip hop industry.
First of all, Freemasonry in and of itself does not seem to be the source of the perceived threat. Many people suggest that the Freemasons are strongly linked to the Illuminati (see this article), a mystical group (whose existence has not been proven, of course) that seeks to bring about a New World Order and ultimately, the end of the world.
Both the Freemasons and the Illuminati, as well as other secret societies, have been referenced and discussed in many songs by various hip hop artists over the years. Many of these references have become the focal points for the allegations levied against so many hip hop artists.
Over and above the explicit references, however, artists are suspected due to rhetoric or beliefs expressed in their music that are believed to coincide with the ideology, teachings, or beliefs associated with the Freemasons, Illuminati, or New World Order.
Blogs and videos which argue these points tend to show pictures in which rappers and other celebrities make a hand signal, referred to by some as “El Diablo,” a supposed satanic symbol.
That’s right, people are even suspicious of our president, as they have been of many past presidents. Oddly enough, many of these figures are inexplicably pictured giving the same symbol. The symbol, when given with the thumb sticking out (as pictured above) is sign language for “I love you.” Other symbols include the pyramid, the “all-seeing eye,” and a hive of bees (the hive symbolizes a collectivist mentality).
Even the celebrities who are considered the most conscious and responsible are unsafe from allegations of apocalyptic proportions.
For instance, accusations are made against KRS-One because he tends to promote “positive thinking” (for example, the notion that poverty is merely a mind state and that one can change his level of wealth by changing the way he thinks). This is allegedly a direct reflection of New World Order doctrine, which is believed to say that people should be blamed for their suffering because their thinking causes it. Dead Prez and Nas are also called out in this fashion, among others.
Also, the Illuminati (and therefore the various artists suspected of associating with the group) are accused of trying to replace current religious/cultural values and systems of morality, right and wrong, etc. with a culture of relativism where “anything goes.”
Furthermore, the Illuminati is allegedly concerned with the destruction of the family unit via public schools, social workers, and Planned Parenthood (I’m not sure what hip hop has to do with any of these). They go on to say that the socialization and conformity of children, brought about by mainstream media (which has a lot to do with hip hop), is a method used to create generation gaps. These generation gaps erode the communication between age groups, therefore eroding the family unit.
Another claim involves a cultural push to bring forth a synthesis between human beings and robots/machines. Common and Pharrell’s Universal Mind Control video is cited in this argument, as are other rappers, songs, and videos.
Pharrell and Common
Other claims include heavy militarism and surveillance, a turn away from individuality and free thought, and a blending of sexes and genders – all of which is supposedly on the way. Almost every rapper one can think of is somehow connected to these conspiracy theories, from Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, and Lupe Fiasco to Will Smith, Mobb Deep, Canibus, and even Grandmaster Flash. It is pointed out by some theorists, though, that many of these people are forced into their “apocalyptic affiliations” due to threats or interference with pending legal issues.
There is some merit to the arguments about cultural consciousness and mentality shifts which happen, in part, due to images and messages transmitted via mainstream media. However, many of the arguments contain claims and “evidence” about certain popular culture icons and/or mediums that are dramatically far fetched and feature chronic overreaching on the part of the conspiracy theorists.
That said, I don’t think we should focus too much on trying to connect the dots as far as the Illuminati are concerned.
We should, however, keep our eyes open and take the time to evaluate the messages explicitly or subliminally sent by public figures – just in case. Otherwise, the consequences – while they may not mean the end of the world – may prove quite significant.
Basically, we should never accept messages without questioning them to determine whether or not they are actually acceptable.
Here are Parts 1 & 2 of “Hip Hop & Freemasonry: Culture Creation and The Shape of Things to Come” (for the rest, go to Youtube.com and type in “hip hop and freemasonry”), a series created by The Human Condition Forum.
The entire series and the theory itself are quite interesting and definitely worth a look.
So what do you think? As the saying goes, “Is it me or is it a conspiracy?” Let me know in the comments section!
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