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Old 31 January 2016, 06:21 AM
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Why Hip-Hop Loves Conspiracy Theories

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Still, this is part of a long and rich tradition of rappers espousing off-kilter views about the world around us. Before B.o.B., there was Chris Brown tweeting that the government was using Ebola as a way to control the population; Chingy's Instagram; and Lil Wayne's "Georgia Bush," which accused the government of exploding the levees around New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Before that, Prodigy of Mobb Deep chopped it up with Alex Jones to drop science about the Illuminati. And while we're on that subject, let's not forget the ever-frequent suggestions that Jay Z is himself a member of the Illuminati.

That's not even to mention the various rumors swirling around the premature deaths of icons such as Tupac, Biggie, Pimp C, Eazy-E, and Aaliyah, which seem to reach higher and higher levels of unreality each year. Or the belief that US President Ronald Reagan introduced crack and AIDS to the black community, a theory has been repeated throughout hip-hop at such a steady clip that it has ceased to be conspiracy, and has entered into the realm of reasonable opinion.

For some, kooky ideas like these are something of a charming quirk of the genre. "They're a part of hip-hop," said the rapper, producer, and writer J-Zone, who documented his decades of experience as an outsider in hip-hop's inside lane in his book Root for the Villain. "It's always been an art form where people are trying to test and second-guess you. I think anything that sparks debate is hip-hop, no matter how far-fetched."

"Still," J-Zone said, "it gets to the point where it gets ridiculous."
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"That's not even to mention the various rumors swirling around the premature deaths of icons such as Tupac, Biggie, Pimp C, Eazy-E, and Aaliyah, which seem to reach higher and higher levels of unreality each year."

Though the rumours about Suge Knight's involvement with at least three of those never seem too implausible to me.
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