posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 09:51 PM
Interesting thread, interesting video. Here's where I stand on this:
Numerous rappers, notably Tupac and Makiavelli (duh), have had a fascination with Machiavelli.
The RZA and other members of the Wu-Tang clan are very interested in East Asian history and philosophy, especially those surrounding martial arts, and
have demonstrated through lyrical references, film works, and other outlets that they more about these disciplines than any American outside of
scholars and other fanatics like themselves.
Nas has a real fondness for terms associated with mysticism, spirituality, etc.
Cannibal Ox's album "The Cold Vein" contains references to secret societies, mystical occurences, and even a song called "The Battle for
The rapper who goes by "Rick Ross," who named himself after drug kingpin Rick Ross and is one of a long line of rappers to reference connection to
underworld organizations that are so successful/secret that no law enforcement/authority/listener has ever heard of them.
Those are the the instances that I remembered off the top of my head in three minutes, and I'm a casual hip-hop fan at most. What I'm getting at is
that contrary to many people's belief, even some of the most materialistic and artistically bankrupt rappers are fairly smart and willing to do a
little bit of research. Secret societies run right along with the themes of money, power, elitism, intimidation, and mystique that they've made
millions off of.
So I'm in the camp with those posters who say that this is guys who know how to make a buck just making a buck. I bet if you did an interview with
one of these guys, there's even a chance they would answer the question in such a way as to lead on that they are a member of a secret society,
because it would be a great publicity stunt. And maybe I'm ignorant, but wouldn't it be kind of outside the grounds of any of the many and varying
groups conceptualized/labeled as "the Illuminati" to be so blatant about membership?
(edit: Left the "a" out of Tupac)
[edit on 10-1-2008 by thisshouldbegreat]