Many rappers have been accused of being members of the secret society.
As spooky as their imagery might be, there’s something comfortable about the idea of the Illuminati. A belief in the possibly maybe kinda sorta existent secret society puts a sense of order into the universe. Instead of the world being the semi-random result of billions of self-interested actors working for their own ends, Illuminati believers think there’s a guiding hand at work.
So, it was only a matter of time before famous rappers — whose own leaps from rags-to-riches are often extraordinary enough seem like the work of some unseen force — were roped in as alleged members of the Illuminati. Almost every successful rap artist has been accused of being in the Illuminati at some point, but we’ve gathered a few of the most prominent.
Jay Z’s Roc handsign is quite similar to the supposed Illuminati symbol. Added to the fact that Jigga is one of the most successful moguls in the history of hip-hop (and his prominent sampling of a pertinent Prodigy line on the Reasonable Doubt cut “D’Evils”), it makes perhaps the strongest case for Illuminati affiliation in hip-hop.
Given the way that Kanye West and Jay-Z’s careers are intertwined, it only makes sense that Kanye would be caught up in Illuminati rumors. And he’s certainly not helping his case, frequently incorporating Illuminati-affiliated symbols into his maximalist music videos. The video for “Power” alone features the Sword of Damocles and the Egyptian god Horus, both symbols associated with the society.
If Lil Wayne is in the Illuminati, he isn’t exactly hiding it. He has the “All-Seeing Eye” — perhaps the society’s most well-known symbol — tattooed on his chin.