This may be one of the most controversial topics I've ever covered on this blog, and I'm certainly going to present my thoughts. My long time friend Kentyl Tate wanted to hear my thoughts on this, and when he told me how he felt, he was definitely passionate about his feelings on the matter, and I understand why.
To begin, outside of when artists thank God inside their album inserts, when they're accepting an award, etc, the hip hop genre itself isn't a true "biblical" product in any sense of the word, and Kentyl made a good point about that. That's NO disrespect to those who are religious, as well as what some would call "Gospel Rappers", but lets face it, hip hop and the Church are like night and day in a a sense, but connected in other ways, if that makes sense.
Speaking of making sense, over the last few years I've heard and read about many of the successful artists in the music business, specifically hip hop, have ties to the "Illuminati", plus they worship the devil, which is allegedly due to hidden messages in videos and songs, secret handshakes, and body language. Some of the names I've heard these allegations applied to are Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, etc. In my opinion, it's puzzling to be sure, but it doesn't make any sense. Why in the world someone on the record rap about a different lifestyle, then off the record do something completely different? It's more dishonest than anything else. Kentyl made a good about these allegations being a slap in the face to those who make something of themselves (coming from nothing to something is always a good story, especially if it's done in a positive way). It's also insulting when the claim is made that "it was the devils work" when an artist achieves a certain amount of success. Are you serious? And is that claim only make in reference to hip hop artists or ANY and EVERY entertainer who is successful? I would like to know.
Overall, we're all entitled to believe in whatever we choose, that's a God given right, however, it's strange and ridiculous to support the notion that some of the most successful artists in history worship the devil or a part of a "shadow organization" that's responsible for everything they say and do. I'll close with Jay-Z's verse from "Free Mason" (courtesy of www.rapreviews.com), and although I've made it clear I'm NO fan of Rick Ross, thanks to Jay, this song was decent, and his verse sets the record straight perfectly.
N***** couldn't do nothing with me they put the devil on me I would have preferred if n***** squeeze the metal on me Rumors of Lucifer I don't know who to trust whole world want my demise turn my music up here me clearly, if y'all n***** fear me just say y'all fear me fuck all these fairy tales go to hell This is God engineering This is a Hail Mary pass y'all interfering he without sin shall cast the first stone so y'all look in the mirror double check your appearance b**** I said I was amazing Not that I'm a Mason It's amazing that I made it though the maze that I was in Lord forgive me I never would've made it without sin Holy water my face in the basin Diamonds in my Rosary shows He forgave him B**** I'm red hot, I'm on my third six but the devil I'm not My Jesus piece flooded but thou shall not covet keep your eyes off my cupboard I'm a bad m********* it's HOV just say you love it