2Pac’s death is the subject of much debate, so much so it can be hard to seperate fact from fiction. One amusing development is the widespread belief that 2Pac was a victim of The Illuminati. The theory goes that a secret devil worshiping society called “The Illuminati” control much of Hollywood and the music industry. They targetted 2Pac and forced him to change his lyrical content. Under their control he was forced to change his political message and become a puppet for their evil agenda. Theorists believe this is evident in many songs in which 2Pac refers to selling his soul.
According to the theory, proof of his membership can be found hidden within his lyrics:
“I was so money orientated, initiated as a thug
Fiendin for wicked adventures, ambitious as I was
Picture a nigga on the verge of livin insane
I sold my soul for a chance to kick it and bang”
– Good Life
“Sellin’ my soul for material wishes, fast cars and bitches”
As most of these lyrics came from his Death Row days, many people believe he regretted selling his soul to the Illuminati and planned to leave the label. It is certainly true that behind the scenes, 2Pac was working fast to release himself from his contract with Death Row. He had become tired with Suge Knight and the constant drama. At the same time, he chose to call his new album “Makaveli: The Don Killuminati, 7 Day Theory”. But this LP would prove to be his last, he was gunned down shortly before its release. The album’s title remains one of the most mysterious in hip-hop history, but it is generally believed to be a reference to “Kill + illuminati” meaning kill the Illuminati.
Why would 2Pac call his album such a thing? Perhaps he was shot for exposing the Illuminati. And never got to release his new album alive for doing so. The theory was first mentioned to 2Pac in prison. Members of the Nation of Islam suggested it was the Illuminati who made an attempt to kill him outside a New York recording studio. This struck a chord with 2Pac who was amazed that anybody could believe this. From then on he made it his mission to educate people on the perils of believing in conspiracy theories.
In one interview he said “Im putting a K on that Illuminati shit cause thats what im doing, im killing that shit”. This is generally taken as proof he was attempting to expose a secret society. What people dont normally hear is that he goes onto say “ If these motherfuckers wanted to kill you, why would they tell the Nation Of Islam, why would they tell people in jail, how did they know? We just need to get the money, i dont give a fuck who’s face is in on there”. The symbol on the dollar is allegedly that of the Illuminati (A pyramid with an eye on top) but 2Pac is saying its of no difference.
He was making the point that we all must deal with the harsh reality of poverty versus wealth. If the Illuminati is so secret, how come everybody knows? By saying he is “killing that Illuminati shit” not only is he saying he dosn’t believe in it, but he is killing the mindset of those that worry about it. He wants people to open their minds to the bigger problems we face in our everyday lives. “Another way to keep you self-esteem low” is about the mental obstacles we create that stop our own success.
A much misunderstood song from 2Pac and The Outlawz further touches on the subject:
“Some say they expect the Illuminati to take my body to sleep
Niggas at the party with they shotties
Just as rowdy as me
Before I flee computer chips
I gotta deal wit brothas flippin
I don’t see no devils bleedin’
Only black blood drippin
We can change
Whatcha mouth say?
I’m watchin niggas work their lives out without pay
Whatever it takes to switch places wit the bustas on top
I’m bustin’ shots make the world stop
They don’t give a fuck about us “
– “They Don’t Give A Fuck About Us”
I have lost count with how many times people have misquoted this song. It is a case of hearing what they want to hear. Usually they quote the line “Expect Illuminati to take my body to sleep… I flee computer chips”. And leave out the real message of the verse. 2Pac was in actual fact ridiculing those that belive in secret societies, saying the real thing to fear was the people that wanted him dead in the streets. He dosnt see devils but only the hard reality of gang related violence.
So what is it that makes people believe in this theory, even though there is so much evidence against it. The truth is people are sub-consciouslly recreating the story of 2Pac to create a martyr. A victim of secret society violence. This larger than life image allows them to believe in a super hero. People long for a deeper meaning to everything and the idea of Pac versus the New World Order is an appealing one.
There is so much that could be taken from his life and death without creating sensational falsehoods. When he was alive he touched on subjects that effected the lives of real people. In the same way Che Guevera has been hijacked to sell t-shirts (diluting his story to fund Capitalist goals). 2Pac is now the poster boy for the one thing he had no time for: Illuminati conspiracy theories.