Before seeing Jay-Z’s latest video for his single “On to the Next One,” you may have expected the usual for a club banger: hot chicks, Memph Bleek chilling at the Garnier Fructis salon, and a few bottles of Jay’s
tax write-offfavorite champagne, Ace of Spade. But when the video dropped on New Year’s Eve, the only thing that made the cut was the champagne, and everything else was a dizzying montage of weirdness: skulls, blindfolds, blazing basketballs, and Baphomets, among other things. If you’re a fan of Prodigy or tinfoil hats, then you recognize those images as standard iconongraphy of the Illuminati, a centuries-old “secret society” that’s now a favorite target of paranoid schizophrenics and 125th Street booksellers the world over. You know those guys with handscrawled signs claiming that **** Cheney kidnapped their daughter? Yeah, they’ll talk your ear off about the Illumnati if you let them, as well as the New World Order, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Corporation, Knights Templar/Rosicrucians Freemasonry, the Rothchilds, and the World Bank—it’s all part of the same crazy mishmash that is ZOMG CONTROLLING THE WORLD.
But. BUT! All that stuff from Jay’s video made us wonder if the whispers were true. Then again, we don’t particularly want to accuse Hov of being Illuminati and then wake up to find that all the money has been mysteriously siphoned out of our account. So we’ll just present the evidence and let you be the judge…
#10: It’s the
What Conspiracy theorists say: You may know the eye in the pyramid from the back of the dollar bill (SINCE OUR BANKING SYSTEM IS RUN BY THEM FOOLS), and it’s by far most common and recognizable Illuminati symbol. Jay throws it up in his videos and public appearances, and orders his fans to do the same at concerts. Obey, or pay!
What Complex says: If bringing this to light means fewer lame celebrities throwing up the Roc, then we’re all for it.
#9: Rocawear or Rock-A-Cult-Uniform?
What Conspiracy Theorists say: Another example of Jay-Z using the trends of hip-hop to disseminate (ayo!) his Illuminati propaganda. After all, the man himself has said that he’s hands-on in the design process. Draped up and dripped out, indeed.
What Complex Says: First Wu-Wear, then Shady Ltd. RAPPERS, STOP PERNICIOUSLY INFLUENCING MARSHALL’S SHOPPERS ALREADY!
#8: Friend or Foe… Or Fraternity?
What Conspiracy Theorists say: Don’t mistake this for a friendly greeting among rap icons. As shown with this Illuminati grip—which we like to call “effeminate dap”—Jay has indoctrinated a young and impressionable Kanye West into the order and even Cam’ron, in one of his various dis rants, has noted “Lucky Lefty”’s unusual left-handed greeting.
What Complex says: Does this mean that the title of ‘Ye’s song “Big Brother” was about something much more sinister than his relationship with Jay? Perhaps the chorus should’ve gone, “My big brother was the Whig’s brother”…
#7: Change Clothes and Crow?
What Conspiracy Theorists say: To the average
sheeprap fan, this is no more than another fashion statement from the rap mogul. However, those with any knowledge know it’s Jay-Z is laughing directly in the face of followers by wearing a Galliano sweatshirt bearing the words “Do what thou wilt,” the motto of O.G. Illuminatus and Aleister Crowley, a.k.a. “the wickedest man in the world.”
What Complex says: Crowley’s particular brand of crazy ran so deep—the quote comes from his book The Book of Law, which he claimed was dictated to him by a higher intelligence called Aiwaz—that we no longer think Jay is Illuminati, we just think he’s nuts.
#6: CBS = Cabal of Black Singers?
What Conspiracy Theorists say: Formed in the late 18th century, the Columbia Lodge of the Order of the Illuminati began in New York City. The Illuminati is known as the One Eye. CBS is the Columbia broadcasting company. Jay shouted them out with the line “So I keep one eye open like CBS” on “Can I Live.” But wait, it gets worse: Sony Records subsidiary Columbia Records is BEYONCE’S LABEL! *minor chord* Do we have to spell it out for you??!?!?!
What Complex says: And, AND, the word “Beyonce’s” contains both “Sony” AND “CBS.” OK, so we may have just **** ourselves.
#5: Rockefeller Y’all?
What Conspiracy Theorists say: From the very beginning, Jay-Z and Dame Dash aligned themselves with alleged Trilateral Commission founder/Illuminatus and crazy-person favorite John D. Rockefeller.
What Complex says: You think that’s bad? The three-strike laws in New York state are known as the Rockefeller Laws (after then-governor Nelson Rockefeller, who signed them into law in the ’70s). If you’re not a puppet of the Illuminati, Jay, WHY DID YOU TALK SO MUCH ABOUT SELLING DRUGS? WAS IT IN ORDER TO INDIRECTLY HYPE THE ROCKEFELLER LAWS? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
#4: Skull and Bones
What Conspiracy Theorists say: The skull and crossbones is a reference to the strong influence that “Bonesmen” in Berlin have over Illuminati members today. Not to mention that the Order of the Skull and Bones, a Yale student society, has produced dozens of politicians, CEOs, and judges.
What Complex says: Not to mention that the 306 bones in the human skeleton minus a skull and two bones = 303. Which is MEMPHIS BLEEK’S IQ!
#3: “Illuminati want my mind soul and my body”
What Conspiracy Theorists Say: Prodigy is already well known for his
rambling diatribeskeen-eyed exposure of the hidden forces wracking our world—so when Jay took his words and twisted them to his own benefit on the hook for “D’Evils,” it was nothing if not Illuminati mind control at its finest.
What Complex Says: Prodigy is from Queensbridge. Jay is from Kings County. Do you see what we’re seeing here, people? ALL-OUT INTERMONARCH BATTLE TO DETERMINE WHO WILL GAIN ULTIMATE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE POPULACE. There can be only one, McCloud!
#2: “Run this Town”
What Conspiracy Theorists say: As Jay said himself, “What more can I say?” Lit torches, covered faces, Jay’s Martin Margiela shoutout where he pronounces “Maison” like “Mason”—it all adds up to a giant occultic clusterfuck
What Complex says: You think that’s bad? We saw this video playing on BET right before a GE lightbulb commercial came on. And what do lightbulbs do? They ILLUMINATE. *taps temple knowingly* Check aaaaaaand mate.
#1: What’s in a Name?
What Conspiracy Theorists say: He calls himself J-Hova, because Illuminati don’t believe in God, and Jay believes his ability to remember rhymes in his head makes him a God! Not to mention the above video that takes place on the steps of a government building, foreshadowing Jay’s impending Rockefelleresque political takeover.
What Complex says: “Shawn Carter” anagrams to “C Warns Earth.” The “C” obviously stands for Complex. WE’RE JUST TRYING TO HELP HERE, PEOPLE.