"Splatter the brain matter of my enemies/With the same bullet trajectory that murdered John Kennedy." —Canibus, "Boyz 2 Men"
50 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. It spawned an entire industry of conspiracy theorists, obsessed with men on a grassy knolls, CIA plots, and bullet trajectories.
Hip-hop has long had its own culture of conspiracy. Of course, hip-hop's conspiracy fascination is rooted in very real distrust of the government within the Black community, based on years of exploitation and abuse. After all, what is the Tuskegee Experiment but a "conspiracy" that turned out to be 100 percent true.
That's not to compare people who think Pac is still alive with those rightly distrustful of government's role in proliferating racism and oppression. It's also not intended to excuse conspiracy-mongering. But it does help explain why this attitude is so prevalent in hip-hop.
Here are some of hip-hop's most interesting, ridiculous, and over the top conspiracy theories.