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-off favorite 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 Dick 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 Roc All-Seeing Eye!
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.

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