I grew up listening to rap music, enjoying what became officially ‘Hip Hop’ from Mtv, BET, and radio stations from major markets near the Rust Belt wasteland that I grew up in. Back then, the conspiracy theories that would occasionally crop up in rap lyrics included simple allusions to CIA operatives introducing Crack Cocaine into America’s urban centers, and the various distrust inherent within the Five Percenter Movement. When Tupac was murdered and, later, after Eazy-E died, conspiracy theories within the Hip Hop World both flourished and become part of the lyrical landscape and celebrity gossip.
Years later, as I grew up hardwired to believe conspiracy theories, I found that some of the music I listened to seemed to agree with my worldview, but none of my favorite bands, musical groups, or rappers ever explicitly denounced, say, a JFK cover-up, or newly burgeoning 9-11 Truth Movement. In later years, as I became more skeptical (willing to doubt and question my own internal predisposition to immediately distrust authority, and the ‘official story’), I was intrigued to look back at some of the music that truly intrigued me over the years. Like the recent ‘Flat Earth Truth‘ rap and fallout of rap artist B.o.B., the message often overpowers the form and can (and sometimes does) become more spectacle than art. Much like some of the conspiracy theories themselves, the songs produced to promote them are often completely outrageous. It is for this reason, not necessarily for their quality as work of art, that I now present my favorite conspiracy theory Hip Hop songs. Please Enjoy Responsibly.
The point of Atma’s Reptilian Body Snatchers is pretty self explanatory; our society is controlled by an elite group of shape-shifting reptiles known as the ‘Annunaki‘ posing as our human world leaders. That is a mere jumping off point for the group Lost Children of Babylon. LCOB are among a number of Hip Hop groups whose lyrical content are exclusively on the subject of the paranormal, the occult, conspiracy theories and an amalgam of New Age concepts and cosmology derived from former Nation of Islam sectarians; The Nation of Gods and Earths (the Five Percenters listed above) and the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors. The following two songs should give any listener an idea of what Lost Children of Babylon is all about.
Well, if you are all about fun music, but really are trying to get a concise lyrical descriptions of upcoming Apocalyptic theories then rapper Ab-Soul’s song Nibiru give’s a ‘quick and dirty’ description of the afeared ‘Planet X‘ and how its suspected appearance in our Solar System should destroy life as we know it. Ab-Soul is only the latest generation, maybe the ‘YouTube Generation’ of underground and/or unsung rap artists who focus their music on anti-Government and pseudo-revolutionary lyrics interspersed with references to occult secret societies and Alternative Histories. If there is a Godfather of this section of Underground Hip Hop, it would likely be the group Jedi Mind Tricks.
From the group Jedi Mind Tricks came similar groups with various foci, including Army of the Pharaohs and soloist from the clique, Immortal Technique. In his album, The Martyr, Immortal Technique describes in an interlude his rejection of the life he had before dedicating his music and life “to bleed and to die free.”
Several instances, when listening to the stories of adoption of extremist views, paranoia, belief in global conspiracies seeking to control the thoughts and lives of an otherwise free Humanity, I will experience a twinge of pity. I see them as they undoubtedly see me, as diluted by their own ideology and committed to deny all contradictory information and proselytize or excommunicate any individual who disagrees. It is a sad state, but one that I knew all too well. Listening to this music again, I am drawn back to my own experiences and perceptions on the other side of that interpretive barrier. I saw reality as I thought it was, conniving from above and fearful sheep cowering below. Is this truth, or is this interpretive fiction? Either way, it does make for some very interesting music.