Much of the lore surrounding Kanye West’s connection to the Illuminati stems from the video for his song “Power,” released in 2010. From the very first shot of the video, which features a close up of West’s face, his eyes aglow and backed by a series of columns, Illuminati conspirators came out in full force. “His eyes are illuminated!” they said. “And those columns represent a Masonic temple!” And on and on it went, from West’s Horus chain (which, to Illuminati conspirators, symbolizes royal protection and immense power) to the devil horns atop the heads of the women in the video.

‘Ye then famously addressed the loudening Illuminati rumors on a guest verse for T.I.’s “Welcome to the World”:

“People ask me shit about the Illuminati/ First off, fuck that mean?/ He loved Jesus when he he he was worse off, oh I see/ When they think a n***a is stupid rich/ People just start coming up with stupid shit”

Kanye’s rebuke didn’t exactly calm the storm. In 2015, when Kanye joined JAY Z, Rihanna, Madonna, and Nicki Minaj on stage during a press conference to introduce Tidal, Twitter users shouted that this was actually a public meeting of the Illuminati. The rumors got so loud, ‘Ye felt the need to write a letter in Paper Magazine stating explicitly that not only was he not in the Illuminati, but that the organization doesn’t even exist in the first place. Sounds like something someone in the Illuminati would say, TBH.