Kanye Shuts Down Illuminati Rumors

For years, people have speculated about whether or not some of the hottest entertainers are part of a secret elite society known as the Illuminati.

Jay Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kanye West have all been accused of being affiliated with the clique. During a self-penned cover story for Paper, West took time to address the rumors:

I heard a comment — a joke — about the Tidal press conference being an Illuminati moment. If there was actually an Illuminati, it would be more like the energy companies. Not celebrities that gave their life to music and who are pinpointed as decoys for people who really run the world. I’m tired of people pinpointing musicians as the Illuminati. That’s ridiculous. We don’t run anything; we’re celebrities. We’re the face of brands. We have to compromise what we say in lyrics so we don’t lose money on a contract. Madonna is in her 50s and gave everything she had to go up on an award show and get choked by her cape. She’s judged for who she adopts. F**k all of this sensationalism. We gave you our lives. We gave you our hearts. We gave you our opinions!

West also talked about the importance of believing in yourself:

I also love people being inspired to follow their dreams, because I think people are oppressed by smoke and mirrors, by perception. There isn’t an example of a living celebrity that has more words formed against him, but just a little self-belief can go a long way. I think the scariest thing about me is the fact that I just believe.

To read Kanye’s full essay, click here. 

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