Talib Kweli Says Illuminati Talk Distracts From Real Issues

Talib Kweli says Illuminati talk surrounding Jay-Z and Kanye West is a "distraction."

Talib Kweli began reading books about the Illuminati in the 1990s. The Brooklyn rapper said he learned a lesson from that experience that stays with him today and makes him view the incessant talk of Jay-Z and Kanye West being in the group as nonsense.

"What I quickly realized from reading all those books back then is if you do not know the history of the author, then you don't really know what the fuck you're readin'," Kweli says in an interview with VladTV. "So a lot of the Illuminati stuff and anti-Illuminati stuff comes from right-wing, conservative, Christian think tanks, John Birch Society types who felt the need to demonize Freemasons and demonize these groups at the beginning of America. So, it's all religious stuff. The Illuminati was a real organization and quite possibly could be a real organization now, but the amount of power that people allow it to have on their lives is based on them. We have the International Money Fund, the World Bank. We have rich families that are conspiring and getting together to have one currency, to have one world order to make shit easier for them. These things are dangerous and catastrophic for millions of people, some of these decisions that these rich people make. But when you start adding a boogieman, 'Oooh, mysterious, secret society' aspect to it, you really distract it from the real issue and you're not giving enough props and credit to how dangerous and how evil some of this shit really is." 

Kweli also reflected on how he read several conspiracy books and how they impacted his material at the time.

"In the early '90s, I was reading a lot of that stuff, Illuminati 666, Behold A Pale Horse, New World Order, all the Matrix series books," Kweli says. "Me and the cats from Mood. Go and listen to that Mood album [Doom]. We're talking about all that shit on that album...That's what we was on."

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  • p

    Your soul is not yours to sell, you automatically loose your soul with sin according to the bible, any sin peace...

  • dontefrommood

    http://vigilantcitizen.com/latestnews/keha-claims-she-was-forced-to-sing-die-young/ forced to sing about dying young? this is what i mean... that's how u sell your soul

  • dontefrommood

    what he is saying is true... we did a lot of research.... on this subject in the early 90's. now (we/i) i cant speak for him.. i think the illuminati is a real organization.... with no need to be a secret society any more... the line between truth and fiction has been blurred. u dont have to be in the illuminati.... dont mean the directors of your videos, a&r's label mates, and suppliers of your cash aint... my only problems with these artist is they allow their art to be used as faceless pawns. watch kanye's past few videos between run this- alien- runaway and power... i seen alot of illuminati symbolism. as well as rihannas s&M make no mistake... illuminati aint lettin no nig#%$ in it... but they will allow them to make the sound tacks, entertain, and covey their messages thru their music. willingly or not...

  • DAD

    The only people that think the Illuminati exists are niggers and 13 year olds

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  • jm004zzz

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI-KjVLS6Uk

  • Reas

    The illuminati is just a conspiracy in itself to villanize successfull minorities

    • iam

      Now you gotta know thats not true.. I'm a minority, I'm fairly well educated and aware of systemic corruption as well as the inherit profit to be made by social manipulators through economic chaos and armed conflict, so I'm not talking out my ass when I say the Illuminati is NOT a conspiracy to vilify successful minorities. Ignorant people who have done no real research on the subject think people like Jay-Z are in the Illuminati.. Jay-Z is successful, talented, hard-working, and has done some very questionable things, but he is not part of the financial industry and is not related to the families who control the world's wealth and who bankroll its social systems. People misunderstand it and misappropriate it to vilify successful minorities, but that is not what the Illuminati is and it's not what the global finance conspiracy is about (google "LIBOR scandal").

  • Anonymous

    world is coming to end

  • Starmani

    the Illuminati are real, very real...why u think they have so many people dismissing it or saying its fake? Those are perfect tactics....i dont know if Jay or West are in it but they promoting that "Religion of the light". Wake the fuck up

  • jm4444zzx

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7tvkpE00bo

  • Anonymous

    illuminat paying off talib he trying to get his career back this nigga broke

  • joja

    What is with his neck? glueing...

  • Anonymous

    That Mood mixtape that Talib was on is ill as fuck.

  • naked brad

    wow crazy lol never know alians could be looking in your window lot of other shit dont know lol.

  • GodSlayer

    The Illuminati/New World Order stuff is such a joke. There are powerful corporations big banks, oil companies, Wal-Mart, etc. that have a huge influence on the world scene, but they do not call themselves the Illuminati. Right-wing theocrats try to demonize any group that wants equality and change. They'll attack atheists, gays, jews, blacks, or any other sort of minority that'll rile up their base.

  • Anonymous

    People who sit online and post about the illuminati remind of the drunk bums who scream about fire and Damnation at 3 in the morning when I'm leaving the club......Fuckin weirdos, even if that shit does exist, what you gonna accomplish boo hoo.n about it through technology anyway?? just live your life and stop worrying about shit you cant control, cause if that stuff does exist, they would track your IP address and murder you before they let you "Expose" them online......So, either they dont exist or they dont give a fuck about you, so follow their example and stop dwelling on stupid bullshit.

  • nwocfrCIAfbiusa

    who the fuck heard "HAIL SATAN" on the choruse for PWER by KANYE WEST??? Tell me I'm trippen??? I googled it and then listened... WTF is going on?? I need 1 kanye west fan to prove I'm hearing things, because its clear as day!

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  • negu

    Damn...now that's some real talk right there!

  • disnigga

    dis nigga illuminati for real.

  • Anonymous

    YOU DONT ARGUE WITH IDIOTS CAUSE IN THE END REGULAR PEOPLE WONT BE ABLE TOO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND THE IDIOT

  • Lulzsec

    Wow, I didn't realize how damn stupid some people were until I started reading these comments.

  • Anonymous

    WHOEVER THIS GUY HU IS NEED TO DO SOME STUDYING CAUSE THE COMMENT YOU JUST SAID IS IGNORANT

  • Anonymous

    LOL IGNORANCE IS BLISS. ALSO EVERYBODY IS IN THE GAME NOT JUST ONE SET OF PEOPLE. ALSO IM SCARED OF GOD NOT NOTHING ELSE. IF YOU WANNA GO TO THE OTHER SIDE THATS YOUR COICE BUT IM STAYING WIT GOD NOT THE DEVIL ALSO LIKE I SAID IM NOT HERE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS BUT DO YOUR RESEARCH BEORE YOU TALK. GOD BLES YOU ALL.

    • Blah Blah Blah

      If you're really about God as you say, then this Illuminati talk shouldn't even faze you. And no other man should strike fear in your heart. As fas as I'm concerned Jay Z has done more GOOD for people in the form of employment, charity, and other POSITIVE endeavors than any of these internet haters will ever do.

  • Anonymous

    What's cool is how open this shit is. Back in the day people said "illuminati" doesn't exist.... Man some stupid sheep in the world. We must live life, spread love and positivity. If u ain't doin that your not living, ur dying!

  • Anonymous

    He's lying about jayz!!!!!! Jayz is a satanic illuminates puppet!!!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Talib for putting this shit in REAL perspective. Not HOOD perspective.

    • Anonymous

      It's not a part of your body, you mindless drone. Your body remains on Earth when you die and your soul goes to Heaven, Hell, Purgatory... &^%$#@$%^&*I$#@ ...Never Never Land, Atlantis, Babylon... ...or you could also reincarnate as a fish, insect or bird!

  • Anonymous

    RAPPERS, MEDIA, ATHLETES, NEWS, MUSIC, ACTORS, ETC SOME ARE IN IT BUT MOST ARE PAWNS THEY NOT REALLY IN IT. SOME TURN THEY HEAD FOR SELF WORTH WHILE SOME HAVE ACTUALLY SOLD THERE SOUL.

    • Anonymous

      It's not a part of your body, you mindless drone. Your body remains on Earth when you die and your soul goes to Heaven, Hell, Purgatory... &^%$#@$%^&*I$#@ ...Never Never Land, Atlantis, Babylon... ...or you could also reincarnate as a fish, insect or bird!

    • HU

      You tell me where in the body the soul is and how one would go about finding an interested purchaser of this part of the body.

    • Anonymous

      Broke people are just as blind or sheep dude. Being poor doesn't exempt you from being influenced by greed.

  • jayxxx

    I AGREE BUT DISAGREE WITH HIM. THIS SHIT I REAL WHEN YOU RESEARCH THE ILLUMINATI ITS MING BOGGLING THESE DEMONS DO EXIST. THEY HAVE BEEN HERE FROM THE START IT ANNOYS ME THAT ITS LIKE THE TOPIC OF THE DAY NOW. THIS SHIT ISNT FUNNY AND IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO GOD AND THE DEVIL TAKE YOUR PICK HE WAS RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING THIS AINT NO BOGGEYMAN SHIT IS SPIRITUAL ALSO YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOUR STUDYING THE RIGHT SHIT AND LISTENING TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE WHEN YOU RESEARCH IT.

    • Illuminated

      ^^ We are out there to get him! He has been spreading lies through many internet forums and has been under out watch for quite some time. He should feel scared.

    • Anonymous

      You sound scared as fuck. What you scared about? You already know you're going to die one day regardless. So how do you plan to live?

  • Anonymous

    I dont know if anyone noticed but Talib was talking out of both sides of his ass. All that shit he named is on the illuminati pyramid every entity has its role and agenda. I dont see how you can say on one hand it takes the focus off important shit but name a couple of illuminati affiliates. Either you believe the illuminati stuff or you dont. I dont see how you cannot accept the fact that the illuminati does exsist when the sign and symbolisms are in our face EVERYDAY!!!

    • Anonymous

      Do people sell out for money? Yes. They say money is the root of all evil, so I guess technically you can say they are devil worshipers. LOL

    • Anonymous

      ^Come on hell! Jay Z is not doing ANYTHING but getting paid by doing what he knows will sell. People like you think black people should shutter in fear when we walk, talk,and do business with others. He's been throwing up the diamond since DAY ONE! Not a triangle. So it's satanic to "kick it" with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet now? LOL! Damn LOSERS will come up with ANYTHING to make themselves feel better about sitting on their ass all day.

    • Anonymous

      Come on man. Jayz kicks it will bill gates and warren buffet. That nigga is so satanic. He is a member and an evil one at that

    • Chill

      How stupid are you dude? Can you comprehend ENGLISH??? The man never said it wasn't real- OK. He said the stuff we RAPPERS like Jay Z is nonsense, which I agree with. People give Jay too much credit AND they tend to single him out like he's some super villain.

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  • gnigga_pleeze

    thank you. there are bank cartels with way too much power, but conspiracy idiots don't actually know what it is they are supposed to be against, and they get into retarded allegations of devil worshipping, 9/11 "truth", race targeting, ufo's, and any time a celebrity dies it was the "illuminati", which doesn't exist by the way. oh and mystery schools from ancient rome that they allege survived throughout the millennia and run everything on the DL now. its fuckin stupid.

  • dentaldamboy

    what what in teh butt

  • Anonymous

    TALIB SPEAKS THE REAL SHIT. NETWORKS EXIST BUT THEY HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT.

  • crazy kevin from 711

    well their out their

  • naked brad

    thats cool lol i notice few people had ufo sightings.

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  • ChilltownTV

    He's totally right.

  • Anonymous

    He's absolutely right.

  • da1

    i dont dig this dude. didnt watch video maybe he sed it diff in video. but he always saying shit like it isnt a small group of ppl having power.

  • dentaldamboy

    Don't listen to this old, broke clown. He's made because he's not a member so he's not rich. He thinks that he can get into thier good graces by trying to distract the public from the real real issue...and that is the control the ulluminati has over the world. YMCMB for life!!!!!

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    • Ja Rule Gang

      nigga fuck u im coming for the crown. i been here putting work come at me bro

    • dentaldamboy

      Hey! I predate youngsta and Icy. Who the fuck is Bobyahead2dis? I was voted top troll on this site. Who the fuck is he?

    • Anonymous

      Seriously, and no disrespect, but you dudes have to be total idiots to not see dentaldamboy is a full fledged troll. You can't see the elements of youngsta, So Icy Boi, Bobyahed2dis in his comments?

    • Annymous

      He's worked with enough A listers (so called illuminati cats)in his career(will i am, Kanye, Justin Timberlake etc.), so I'm sure the opportunity (to sell out)has presented itself. Not everybody wants to sacrifice the integrity of their art for money.

    • Fresh

      Complete trolling retard smhhh

  • Anonymous

    first rapper who said something that made sense, dumbass culture

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