For whatever reason, there appears to be a growing misconception within this community as to what constitutes Freemasonry. Please forward additional references, with details, to our .
While masonic references in hip hop and rap lyrics are rare, and are detailed on the Masonic references in music webpage, within the rap and hip hop community itself there appears to be a growing, misinformed, awareness of Freemasonry. There is no documented evidence that any of the artists noted on these pages are or have been freemasons. In context it would appear that references to Freemasonry and the Illuminati are simply extensions of hip-hop and rap music's preoccupation with the symbols of power and authority. The following notes are gleaned from online sources and may not be representative.
Examples of a similar misinformed criticism of some pop music artists is also noted on this website.
Parallelling this growth of antimasonic paranoia is the growing number of hip hop artists who are representing themselves as Freemasons and, from what they say, appear to have a real understanding about Freemasonry's ideals.
Black Star Video
Whether motivated by a sincere belief that some hip hop artists have sold their souls to Satan, or simply prepared to profit from the gullability of their audience, Black Star Video has created a series of "documentaries" that they claim prove the masonic, satanic affiliations of many hip hop artists. Never has the word "prove" been so maligned.
blackstarvideo.com (2005 - 2010)
The Industry Exposed
A melange of misinformation and opinion, this website claims to help the viewer understand the perceived occult influences in the music industry.
Bizzle aka Lavyss
Part of the Young, Fly and Saved movement, Bizzle criticizes artists such as Jay-Z and Lady Gaga for what he perceives as an antichristian, satanic and masonic agenda. The youtube video for the single release "You got some explaining to do" makes several masonic references and shows multiple skull and pentagram images.
Hip-Hop Hijacked by Freemasons
"The debate on Hip Hop's ties to the Illuminati have been going on for some time now.
If you've had your ear to the street, you caught the uproar that occurred when Lil Kim's ex, "World Wise" was connecting dots about four years ago on the radio. He spoke on many things including the Masonic references on Jay-Z's "Reasonable Doubt" album.
World Wise has since been locked up for some real crazy charges. He was also allegedly involved in this, this, and this. Not to mention this supposed link to Brooklyn's own Mike Tyson. Wow. Can World write a book please??
"Also fanning the flames of conspiracy in the direction of the Jigga man, was rapper Prodigy's handwritten note to URB magazine.
Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” and the Occult Connections
"Masters of the Craft" is a 100% Masonic saying and the All-Seeing Eye of the Great Architect depicted here is directly taken from Masonic works. Notice also the secret handshake depicted in a circle.
Jay-Z denies being Illuminati
"Rapper Jay-Z stopped by Hot 97 to chat with Angie Martinez about the controversial rumours he is a member of the Illuminati. The internet has been filled with theories that the “On to the Next One” video included satanic imagery."
“That’s crazy to me,” Jay scoffed. “I gotta remind people I’m from Marcy Projects. I can’t get into a golf club in Palm Springs.”
Rapper Prodigy from the mythical group Mobb Deep has occasionally denounced Jay-Z's affiliation with the Illuminati in the last years. "J.Z. knows the truth, but he chose sides with evil in order to be accepted in the corporate world."
vigilantcitizen.com (August 2009)
(January 13, 2010)
The Truth Behind Kanye West's "Power" video
"Kanye's eyes glowing is symbolic of inner illumination, very masonic. Remember masons believe in Luciferianism."
Kanye West is accused of satanism and promoting a masonic agenda but laughs it off.
Lil' Kim : The Wendy Williams Experience
"Yesterday some fans of female Shock Jock Wendy Williams were shocked and insulted when the host brought on the ex boyfriend and former lover of Lil Kim. A muslim rapper known as World Wise has recently been linked to the gunfire exchange w/ 50 Cent entourage outside of a N.J. hotel because 50 continued to disrespect Lil Kim. World used the show to out gay rappers and issued the name of LL Cool J, P- Diddy, Jay Z , Russel Simmons,Jarule and 50 Cent as closeted homosexuals. He claimed that Lil Kim was a Eastern Star and was heavily aligned with the Mason brotherhood which he claimed was against Islam.He also said that homosexuality was basically a initiation rite of the Masons. World claimed that many rappers were Masons and that they planned to destroy Islam through rap music and entertainment. World also took shots at the Nation of Islam as "phony Islam". The majority of her callers were upset that such a relatively unknown rapper received 2 hours to say whatever he wanted even though it was basically his opinion, Wendy was ousted from NYC radio years ago for her attempts at outing celebrities. She said his comments are his own and she will continue to play his music on her show."
www.411mania.com (January 26, 2004)
Lords Of The Underground - Here Come The Lords (1993)
'Here Come the Lords' is the 1993 debut album by hip hop trio, Lords of the Underground (LOTUG) based in Newark, New Jersey. Released for Pendulum Records and produced by Marley Marl, K-Def and DJ Lord Jazz, the album was a success for the group, making it to 66 on the Billboard 200 and 13 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart.
Charles W. Sharpe claimed on the website of Jack Haywood Lodge No.6, PHA, Los Vegas, Nevada, that unidentified members of the trio: DoItAll Dupré, Mr. Funke and DJ Lord Jazz were Freemasons. This claim has not been corroborated although numerous masonic symbols are displayed in this video.
Tupac Shakur - Changes
Messages posted to a web-based bulletin board:
MasTermiNder Aug 1, 2003 @ 05:28 AM
"hey niggers, this is great, all the whites are worshipping satan, lucifer in their so called freemasons temples, they get rich at ther expense of all the poor irrespective of whether they are black coloured or white that was what pac was saying here men!"
leoslyrics.com (August 1, 2003)
Ras Kass: "Soul On Ice"
Messages posted to a web-based bulletin board:
Fire they don't know... 07:49pm, Sat 23, Mar
ras uses freemason terminology??
Tru_Hip_Hop they don't know... 04:14pm, Sun 24, Mar
yup he talks about the washington monument, which was donated by the Grand Mason Lodge of America
barfiCulture.com (March 24 2003)
No longer active, the text "Clinton Bush Freemasons" was linked to a page titled:
revolution-records.com (February 5 2004)
South African Hip Hopper Interviews AWOL Magazine
"Rugged Man aka Rushay from South Africa Interviews the good folks over at AWOL Magazine .....
"That @#%$ was the truth right there i e-mailed a brother named Kevin Ramirez and he hit me up with a few more copies,the mag itself declares war against the injustice thats occuring against people of color and oppressed people in general. We should never forget one of hip hops main purposes is to expose the truth besides the jigginess (go shorty its ya birthday) and the sex (my neck my back) we still have a war raging worldwide to stop the atrocity thats occuring due to the presence of a beast that we call the illuminati of which General Bush and other leaders are all elite members of this freemason society."
pub12.ezboard.com (February 5 2004)
Web board chatter
Many music artists have been claimed online as freemasons: Jay Z, MJG, Nas and 8-Ball from Orange Mountain Lodge No. 357, Memphis,TN. A claim has also been made that Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot is an Eastern Star.
outaroad.com (November 11 2008)
Signs that Vybz Kartel is really Evil?
"This email was forwarded to OutAroad.com and a series of other media houses in the form of a chain letter, stating signs of which predicts that Vybz Kartel is allegedly evil. Below are particles from the email.
Proof # 1- His Ring
This ring has the Masonic Sign- Square and Compasses, which shows that he believes in freemasonry.
#2- His song on Day Break Riddim- Broad Day Light
He says: ' mi reach 33 degrees a masonry heights a evil'
From a site I was researching on.......a Satanist wrote:
'I know for a fact that when you get to 33rd degree Freemasonry the final secret is, Satan is God."
dancehallareaz.com/forum (11 November 2008)
Jay-Z's "On To The Next One" video
"When Jay-Z's "On To The Next One" video premiered New Year's Eve, the black-and-white clip, with its ominous images of animal horns, crucifixes, and skulls, sparked a barrage of conspiratorial questions. Was Jigga a Freemason? Was the clip backed by the all-powerful Illuminati? And just how in the hell did Jay get the new Jaguar XJ before it even hit the U.S.? Award-winning UK-based video director Sam Brown, the visionary behind clips for Corinne Bailey Rae ("Put Your Records On"), James Blunt ("You're Beautiful") and the Foo Fighters ("Wheels"), has the answers to all those questions and more. After all, the man directed Jay's avant-garde statement. Brown goes on the record. --Keith Murphy
VIBE: There's been a lot of talk about Jay's video containing Freemason imagery such as the horned animal head, an eagle and skull. What are your thoughts about such talk and why do you think music fans are so quick to believe a conspiracy narrative?
Sam Brown: I'm aware of the stir the video has caused and what people are saying. I think when you're dealing in abstract imagery people are going to want to draw lines between things and make sense of it. However, I've always felt that the viewing public was, in general, extremely visually literate. They don't always want or need things to be spelt out for them. One of the great things about music videos are they can be enjoyed purely visually it doesn't need to mean anything or make any sense. Conspiracy theory is another thing entirely, and seems to me to be about projecting pre-existing beliefs and desperately looking for things that confirm them. There is imagery in this video that is drawn from all over the place. None of it is owned by any one culture or belief system. You can connect anything if you try hard enough, and make it mean anything you want it to."
allhiphop.com (28 January 2010)
Tiffany Evans Says Rihanna Is a Satanist
"Singer Tiffany Evans pretty much says what a lot of people have been talking about this year, Rihanna being involved with Masonry/Illuminati/ The Occult. She speaks on how they make your career bigger as long as you corrupt minds and follow orders."
lavishlane.com/2009 (21 October 2009)
Illuminati Rihanna Exposed
A single image of Rihanna, with her arms extended, crouching inside a triangle, from her video for "Umbrella" [00:02:08] is extensively described as being manipulated to resemble the face of the Baphomet. The balance of the video is a collage of public figures waving variations of two fingered salutes, and numerous single eye images such as Jay-Z and the USA Great Seal. [04:06 min.]