Even when I was growing up there were accusations of Satanism being present in some forms of popular American music, particularly heavy metal rock with bands like Kiss being the ones most often accused of such
. There were also accusations of some prominent companies, like Procter & Gamble
, being involved in such. I also remember hearing rumors of some Black entertainers, such as the band Earth, Wind and Fire
, being satanists, but in all Satanism was seen as being a White (or more specifically rock & roll)
thing. Please don't take this as a racist comment as it's not intended as such and of course many more White people believe in God than Satan, but the point being, as aforementioned, it was generally some of the heavy metalists and rock stars who seemed to worship Satan outright, or it was believed that if you played their songs backwards (backmasking)
you'll hear secret, satanic messages, and the idea of a performer that comes from an inner-city African-American community, which especially in those days was relatively religious, ultimately converting to a satanist was more or less unheard of.
But that was 30 years ago. These days if you go to YouTube there are virtually limitless videos setting out to prove that prominent African-American performers, especially rappers, are involved in Satanism or other forms of the occult, with some of these theories actually being plausible, so things are now hitting closer to home. Some of these same videos also allege that in fact many prominent Black entertainers have long been involved in Satanism even before the advent of rap
, but now with rappers making statements like "love me like Satan"
and the imagery you see on many videos these days we can at least conclude that if such has existed for awhile it is now becoming more public.
I'm no expert on rappers beings satanists or selling their souls
, but I know such is happening, once again publicly, and the masses being who they are, who prefer to follow rich people with questionable morals as opposed to poor people with impeccable ones, are by all means going to be influenced by this and emulate. Being that now, once again, this reality is hitting closer to home, I can't help but to be fascinated by this phenomena and to try to understand it.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF YOUR SOUL?
When most people think of a person selling their soul to Satan, they think of some poor man who makes such a deal and miraculously ends up rich. However most of the rappers who have been accused of doing such had actually done so after
they were already rich and successful, with the intent apparently being to increase in wealth and fame. However this does not negate the fact that they were already established and in some cases multi-millionaires before outrightly selling their soul to Satan.
When the devil tempted Jesus, he offered him the whole world in exchange for his soul. Why would Satan offer Jesus, a nigga who had just spent the last 40 days alone in the bush, such a hefty compensation? Because Jesus already had the whole world, not in the sense of material possessions per se like having a fat bank account, but believe me Jesus wasn't lacking and could have accumulated anything - wealth, women, etc. - that he wanted if he were such a man, as people were literally throwing things (including themselves) at his feet, my point being that the compensation Satan offers you is based on the wealth you've already attained and/or his desire to turn you and/or your ability to gain wealth or, perhaps moreso than anything else, your ability/potential to influence people.
As such if you're a poor man in the ghetto wanting to become a famous rapper and sell your soul to Satan, you're only going to get a token of what he would offer to someone like Lil' Wayne who already has influence over millions of people, unless maybe he sees more potential in you. Satan could probably buy your poor ass for $1million, but he can't offer that to Lil' Wayne who already has much more than that. Instead he has to offer Wayne a lot more.
WHY WOULD A RICH MAN SELL HIS SOUL, ANYWAY?
For more money, of course.
Many of us feel that if we only had $1million we'd be cool. After all having such dough will likely enable us to be able to afford our dream home, car, put our kids through school, dash money to loved ones, pay off our debts, donate to the poor, etc. - basically all of the things that we sweat and toil and pray to accomplish but never seem to be able to ultimately achieve. But the reason most of us believe that having such money will make us content is likely because we never had the experience of having that type of money in the first place.
When analyzing this situation I like to think of a fictitious case of someone from the 'hood who has just been drafted into the NBA. Here is someone who, due to his athletic aptitude, finds himself in a situation where in one year he's likely to make more money than all of his friends and family members have in their entire lives, and all of the things he and his fantasized about owning while growing up he can now afford. In other words he is now officially the man - that is until he finds himself in a room with Kobe Bryant and Lebron James and Chris Paul and others who make the same money he earns in three years in just a third of a season. In other words there's always going to be that house or car or shorty or airplane or island you can't afford unless you make more dough, something that may not even really be evident to you or you even really care about until of course you're in the presence of people richer than yourself and around people that are sweating them while ignoring you, a person who's used to being the man.
Whereas athletes have recently been accused of selling their souls also
, for the most part compensation in sports apparently is due more to athletic performance on the field than anything else, unlike the music industry where image and connections has a lot to do with how many records a person sells. So in summation don't marvel when you see a man who is already rich selling his soul; just know that Satan likely offered him a lot more than he would offer you.
Once you become rich and famous you're more than likely going to find yourself surrounded by all types of strange, questionable and I would even say evil people, and if you want to go out and party and get drunk and coked up and don't know who you're dealing with and decide that it's all about the benjamins, thEn anything can happen, and you can find yourself in a situation where you're coerced into a questionable lifestyle. This is why these days you can even hear seemingly plausible allegations of prominent male rappers having sex with rich, powerful homosexuals
, something that definitely is not espoused in hip-hop culture.
DE FACTO SOUL SELLING
Many rappers never officially sell their soul to Satan (as in dealing with him or his representatives directly) but still do so informally long before they become famous (if they become famous at all). For instance when you have a rapper making questionable comments and his conscience bothering him for such but he still does it to please the masses, then he's selling his soul. In fact this is something that perhaps we all do - sacrifice our morals in the name of making dough or making people happy and comfortable. But in the case of rappers, entertainers and public figures in general the consequences are more severe as they influence the masses.
Anyone familiar with the history of rap music know that it wasn't always about money, bitches and violence. It wasn't until the early 1990s, with acts like 2 Live Crew and Onyx, that these ideologies began to take over. When I saw the 2 Live Crew with half-naked strippers on their videos, even back then, I wondered if they knew or even cared what affect these images are having on viewers? When Onyx dropped Throw Your Guns
and niggas were running around shooting each other like crazy, I wondered if they even cared what their music was encouraging people to do. If Luke's or Onyx's conscience never bothered them about these things, then I'd say they're guiltless. But if their hearts were telling them "you need to stop doing this, because people are looking at your videos and listening to your music and consequently destroying their lives and the lives of others" and yet they continued to do what they do, then indeed they sold their souls, even if, as aforementioned, it wasn't officially through Satan or one of his formal representatives. Thus when you have someone like Eminem or DMX or even Kanye West make a statement like "I sold my soul to the devil", even though they may have never done so "officially", you know what they mean.
Who knows how difficult it must be to resist Satan once you become rich and popular and want to increase materially and not lose the popularity you've gained? People can criticize Rihanna for having all types of esoteric imagery in her videos
, but when approached by those forces how much can a small girl realistically resist anyway? Does she even knows or cares what any of that shit is supposed to mean? All of that being said it's apparent that these days a lot of questionable things are going on in industries like Popular American Music, and the option of selling your sell is becoming more open and popular than ever.