I am sorry but I am very upset.
I take this stuff very seriously and I am just having jokes flung at me about the Illuminati.
That's too bad. I think it's just about impossible to know much about governance, or in this case, about the music industry and still convince yourself that this illuminati nonsense is anything other than a fantasy.
Does anyone wish to discuss it with an open mind?
If so, let's start with this question:
Do you believe everything the government tells you?
I think that this question itself demonstrates that you don't have much of an understanding of what "the government" is and isn't. Here is an example literally ripped from the headlines! President Obama is the highest elected official in "the government" of the United States. As all presidents have done before him, he occasionally uses various executive actions, which his administration, ie "the government," defends as being well within his constitutional authority When speaking publicly, President Obama and his surrogates defend this as him "doing his job" in the face of Congressional obstruction. But according to "the government" President Obama has been repeatedly abusing his executive authority to such an extent that a lawsuit is needed to remedy the matter. Obviously " the government" can't agree with itself because "the government" in the latter case refers to the Republican controlled House of Representatives. In other words, the government sometimes disagrees with itself because its constituent parts are run by different people who often have competing interests. After all, "the government" is vast, with various federal agencies, employing millions of people, in addition to state and local governments, government sponsored enterprises, and unique institutions like the Fed. The notion that "The government" is one coherent institution that speaks with one voice and tows one official line is absurd on its face, as is every question that proceeds from that notion.
Also, I found myself enjoying your video for just how dumb it was. And while I don't really care to weigh in on whether or not there is some kind of positive or negative energy that one can harness by chanting Rain Man or throwing up the dynasty sign,
I do want to weigh in on something I know something about, which is hip-hop. The author just plain doesn't know much about the artists he cites. For example, a good chunk of his references to the Illuminati in hip-hop ultimately come from one artist, Prodigy of Mobb Deep. But they're attributed to multiple artists. One is an LL Cool J song on which Prodigy was featured. Another was a Jay-Z song in which DJ Premier sampled Prodigy's part from that LL Cool J record. And the last was Prodigy referencing his lines from that LL Cool J song in a later song. Does this sort of thing bother you? It should. He's trying to make it seem as if this thing is pervasive and yet he's choosing the same artist over and over. More importantly, Prodigy is an artist who talks about the illuminati in his music and takes it seriously as an entity that exists in reality and that ought to be resisted.
That's the case with a lot of hip-hop. In fact, it's not uncommon to hear hip-hop and especially 90s hip-hop cast the government as a kind of apocalyptic villain. For example, police were referred to as "the beast" or, following our Jamaican cousins, as "Babylon." [See: KRS-One "Sound of the Police"]
I also liked their assertion that pro-God messages are being stomped out by the industry. To begin with, this critique doesn't so much as pass the smell test when one remembers that country music is a genre that exists and that there are country artists that routinely sell more records than a lot of pop stars while simultaneously catering to a largely conservative Christian audience. Even in rap, there are examples of mainstream artists that wear their love for God on their sleeves. One of Kanye West's very first hits after all was "Jesus Walks." And last year, Kendrick Lamar released what a lot of us in the hip-hop community thought the best rap album of the year. It pushed Kendrick well into the mainstream of popular culture and was even nominated for a Grammy. But the album itself is a narrative in which Kendrick finally finds peace by accepting Christ as his savior. It was also a commercial success that was backed by a major label and cosigned personally by rap's first billionaire and alleged illuminati member, Dr. Dre. And there are plenty of other artists that make allusions to their particular spiritual beliefs more casually. [See: Common "The Light"]
But I think that my absolute favorite bit was when the author of the video was forced to posit that the film Rain Man was obviously a work of the devil given that Jay-Z and Eminem were obviously referring to that movie when they used the term. Though my favorite example was when they caught Nas saying "rain, man" as an adlib. Kind of a stretch fellas.
Anyway, I'm not going to make fun of you for being gullible enough to believe this stuff. I find the fact that so many people believe versions of this to be very troubling. And I think it's just a shame that so many young people and especially young black and brown people that are effectively giving up their capacity to affect change within the system by convincing themselves that this nonsense is true.
Peace and Love