“They call me King Hov, copy?/Big balling is my hobby/ So much so they think I’m down with the Illuminati …” — Jay-Z, “Hot Tottie”
Like it or lump it, there’s this never-gonna-go-away public fascination and link between hip-hop music and the Illuminati.
But why exactly is that? Listen to any lyrics from a few top acts — and if you have that much time on your hands, maybe you’ve poured over hours of music video footage — and you might have concluded that there is this secret society occult-like connection between the music and the music’s biggest figures.
But guys like Mitch Horowitz laughs at the whole thing.
“The Illuminati was an organization that came out of Bavaria in 1776 and they were in existence for all of about eight years and the fact that people are making these connections today, in the 21st century, between this group that was formed near the start of the American revolution is really strange,” says Horowitz, an occult expert who also authored Occult America.
Horowitz is an occult expert, and says that this is really nothing much more than success breeding examination.
“Whenever people seem to get uncomfortable with individuals who are in positions of power they start to grouse about the existence of the Illuminati or free masonry or some kind of hidden hand,” he says.
“As if Jay-Z or Kanye West couldn’t be successful simply because they’re outstanding musicians and brilliant businessmen. Why not look there first? But here seems to be a segment of society that wants immediately to go toward something conspiratorial. That’s been a paranoid streak that’s been around in American politics for a long time.”
It’s actually almost impossible for the Jay-Z’s, Rihanna’s, Beyoncé’s or an artist who was most recently accused, Lady Gaga’s of the world to even be apart of such an occult. And any flirtation musically or even in interviews is just that — a cat-and-mouse type game played with conspiracy theorists. Do a quick search on a site like YouTube, and you’ll find hours of footage and videos and analysis pegging some of the biggest money-making and most influential artists with the organization.