Rumors that Jay-Z is a card-carrying member of the Illuminati—a mysterious global cabal of successful people who conspire with one another to control events and retain power—have been stirring ever since the rapper first tasted major success, and snowballed ever since. The Roc hand signal? Why, that's a reference to the Illuminati pyramid. Jay-Z's ring on the Grammys? Illuminati rings! The evidence keeps piling up.

Of course, there really is a global conspiracy to control wealth, but, by and large, it takes place in the open and revolves around the business world. Fewer shadowy cabals, more corporate boardrooms.