(AllHipHop News) Rumors of rappers being associated with some shadowy organization known as Illuminati has been debated in Hip Hop forums, YouTube comment sections, and barbershops for years. According to R.A. The Rugged Man, rap stars are not actually members of the secret society, but they perpetuate the idea of being in the alleged New World Order group to heighten their image.
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"All these rappers are f**king wannabes. It's the same way with rappers were, 'Oh, I'm John Gotti and I'm mafia...' They are promoting the Illuminati imagery," R.A. tells VladTV. "Are they a part of the big world power? No, they're not. They're nothing. They're just rappers rapping, and they try to pretend like they're part of something bigger than they really are."
The prospect that joining a sect of "illuminated" individuals will bring about wealth and fame has had an influence on some unstable people's actions. In March of last year, an aspiring Virginia rapper allegedly attempted to kill his friend as a blood sacrifice to the Illuminati. He was later sentenced to eight years in prison.
Beyond emcee's obsession with secret society imagery, R.A. also discussed the media's obsession with an rapper's fashion which he says leads to poor quality music getting elevated as great art.
"What [the media does] is they see that fashion statement coming and they go, 'That's the hot album,' because they hear a lot about a certain artist," says the creator of 2013's Legends Never Die. "So their album is a fashion statement. Meanwhile, that album's gonna be trash in a year, six months."
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Watch R.A. The Rugged Man's interview below.