J. Cole Talks Illuminati, Mariah Carey Crush, & Kendrick Lamar Joint Album

J. Cole

Fresh off his appearance at Harvard, J. Cole hit the airwaves to promote his upcoming album Born Sinner. During his visit to Jenny Boom Boom on Hot 93.7, the Roc Nation MC spoke about everything from his childhood crush on Mariah Carey to his joint album with Kendrick Lamar.

Cole admitted that before signing his deal, he believed the Illuminati rumors, but after meeting Jay-Z, that changed. “I was one of those people,” he said.

Plus, find out about his Harvard experience and get the latest on Born Sinner.

On his childhood crush on Mariah Carey: “I used to pray that Mariah Carey had a daughter my age.”

On past rumors connecting him to Rihanna: “That actually helped my record sales a whole lot.”

On his longtime girlfriend: “She holds me down. She’s great.”

On his joint album with Kendrick Lamar: “It’s still happening. The last time we got in was months ago, but we’ll finish that. … It’s like my little cousin, man. It’s like when you used to have your cousin come over and all you did was play basketball and play video games and ya’ll like the same things, it was like that.”

On his sophomore album Born Sinner: “It’s like an autobiography, so you’ll have a lot of dirt to play with.”

On the Illuminati: “I’m a conspiracy theorist. I believed those videos,” said Cole, who used to watch videos that tried to prove Jay-Z was a member of the secret society.

“And then you meet [Jay] and you see how things were and you like, ‘Nah, man. That’s bogus.’ That’s somebody who’s so far away from the truth and what’s actually happening, just creating something. They’re probably high.”

He plans to announce a release date for Born Sinner in the next couple weeks.



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80 Comments

  1. BreezyLover

    Illuminati is real! J.Cole, youre an intelligent man and you also know theyre real…

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    WTF? Reply:

    @BreezyLover,
    Oh how many have you met? Or are these just based on the amount of youtube videos you have seen?

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    Soul Reply:

    @BreezyLover, it is ridiculous how people take YouTube videos as gospel truth . Jay Z has no super powers or some exclusive deal with the devi, he just happens to be rich.

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    BreezyLover Reply:

    @Soul,

    Its not about superpowers. Hollywood is just an evil place with evil people. You have to sacrifice very important thing to get fame. Its a fact.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @BreezyLover, there are evil people EVERYWHERE not just hollywood or hollywood adjacent (for the musicians). you need to wise up, the difference between you & a celebrity is opportunity meets preparedness meets drive. it amazes some of the things that people believe. in order to become rich and/or successful, what/who has jay z sacrificed? that is apart of the “illuminati theory” correct?

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    CBE Reply:

    @BreezyLover,

    Give up trying to wake up these zombies, countless people have woken up to these things and the ignorant ones will come to that realization when its too late, people who are part of the illuminati(a word which means enlightened ones) own America not only the music industry.

    puppets like Jay z,Beyonce,Rihanna are just that PUPPETS! and J cole will say he doesnt know shit while his latest single cover art displays devil horns smh…these idiots arguing with u will believe anything without knowing the facts.

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    Triniti Reply:

    @CBE, Hoe sit down and shut the hell up. You support a domestic abuser. No one gives a damn about your two cents. Irrelevant ass. Stay mad while Cole stays winning!

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    CBE Reply:

    @Triniti, ok ….

    wow :)

    Jake Reply:

    @CBE, Are you aware of the fact that the cover art for J. Cole’s single is a crimson and gold backdrop featuring the title, “Power Trip” and the name of the featured artist, Miguel? I have no idea what you are talking about. I will say, however, that Cole’s logo is a halo with horns and was before he even got signed to Roc Nation. Are you telling me that J. Cole was in the “Illuminati” before he even got into the industry? Is that what you really expect people to believe? You people hear the “i” word and pounce like savage dogs. Can’t even listen to music nowadays without folks sitting on their asses making YouTube videos about this or trolling blogs about this. Y’all take the joy out of everything….would snatch the sun out of the sky if you could.

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    Dr Bunny Reply:

    @Jake, You are amazing!!!! Thank you so much. Have an awesome year!!!1

    xedos Reply:

    @BreezyLover, you calling Hollywood evil when he pope just resign because he cannot control and is fed up of he faggots running wild in he Vatican.

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    Morgan Reply:

    @BreezyLover, Very true, I’m glad someone understands and realizes. People will sacrifice so much for fame & fortune… It’s an evil world.

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    Chase21 Reply:

    @BreezyLover, dude Hollywood is northern only evil place just look outside your window. There are a lot of evil people out there and there not all in 1 local

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    Heather Reply:

    @BreezyLover, You are a Chris Brown fan. I think we all know about how much credence you are in trying to make sense.

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    FFT Reply:

    @BreezyLover, Why is it every time BLACK folks are successful it’s due to Illuminati? I’ll wait.

    Oh, & the fact you support a reckless abuser makes your statement laughable.

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    BreezyLover Reply:

    @FFT,

    GO WATCH SOME DAVE CHAPPELLE INTERVIEWS and why he left the industry.

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  2. LMAO

    Illuminati is just an excuse for broke unsuccessful people to discredit someone who worked there ass off to get where their at.

    I do believe there are things out there that we may not know and suspect. However, its ridiculous that if you are rich and talented you MUST be illuminati.

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    Mr. Fye Reply:

    @LMAO, PREACH!!!

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    Jaymalls Reply:

    @LMAO, CLAPS, CLAP, CLAP!

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    Theifyonce Reply:

    @LMAO, The Illumanti/Mason/Free-Mason But Its Not The Way That The Media Protrays Its Far More Deeper Than That.One Of My Dad’s Friend(Uncle) Is A Mason And He Has Some Mason Ring And When He Gets Stopped By Police And They See The Rings Its Like They Get Scared Or Find An Excuse To Drop What Ever Was Going On And Their Is Other Story I Could Tell But I Don’t Wanna Bored Y’all

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    Jade Reply:

    @LMAO, Chuuuuuuuch!

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    CBE Reply:

    @LMAO, LOL! did you think up that all by yourself…didnt a certain Russel Simmons dismiss the conspiracies with the exact same statement….

    LOL what a sheep you are while u ridicule people who are well informed!

    Anytime you want to debate Im right here, make sure you bring your facts before getting into a intellectual discussion.

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    Issa Reply:

    @CBE, What does a Chris Brown stan know about being intellectual? You’re embarrassing yourself. Considering who you love, you can’t speak ill of anyone else.

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    CBE Reply:

    @Issa, so because I’m a Chris Brown fan you assume I’m stupid, ratchet, hoodlike? oh Im embarrassing myself? how? you dont even know me…you made an assumption based on my username LOL!

    like the saying goes: nowadays perception is reality…have you said anything useful besides writing nonsense? damn have a nice day.

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    LMAO Reply:

    @CBE,

    LOL! Russel may have in fact said it! Not sure.. I read it once and nothing could be further from the truth.
    You want to discuss? Sure! ok lets discuss whats the point of “informing” yourself about the illuminati and all that crap when obviously there is “NOTHING you can do about it”. You cant change it. You cant fight it. You cant do nothing but be informed and IF it ever happens you can say “I TOLD YOU SO” and then perish with the rest of us.
    You want to discuss? SURE. Ok how about all you retards that spend all that time going after “evil beyonce” and “evil jay-z” but dont do JACK SH!T to take off rapists, murderers, pedophiles.. off the streets! Oh.. they must be in the illuminati.

    Make sure you bring REAL proof instead of conspiracy theories. The illuminati is JUST like Big Foot.. everyone knows about it.. but nobody has one damn proof! PLEASE GET A LIFE .. IF IT DOES EXIST.. THERE IS NOTHING YOU OR ANY OF THESE TIN-FOIL HAT WEARING ‘TARDS CAN DO ABOUT IT!

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    CBE Reply:

    @LMAO, nice rant…

    you will wake up one day and oh I’m prepared, you think that world economies wont collapse?DESIGNED COLLAPSE + lead to civil war will break out! your government wants to take away your guns why? READ THE ABOVE LINE AGAIN! thats why…how much is your food?gas? wages? 47 million americans on food stamps…unemployment bad, USA is in 16 trillion in debt and you know waht? The DHS has brought close to 2 Billion rounds of hollow point bullets…for who? terrorists? LOL! yeah right! do u know is domestic terrorist? YOU! thats who the governemnt will identify…look up what hollow point bullets are.

    Im not at all paranoid about te illuminati or whatever they call them! they own everything in US but I brought precious metals,stored food(crazy huh)will see…events may not happen in this order but you can laugh now until you find yourself on a soup line in a FEMA camp somewhere.

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    LMAO Reply:

    @CBE,

    LMAO so you will have previous metals and stored food to sell to people who have nothing to buy it with?
    Do you realize how STUPID you sound??
    GUESS WHAT? you WILL perish with the rest of us hoarder! Sorry to break it to you hoarder but nothing you have done or know today will save your life in this little worst case scenario you have mentioned… IN FACT.. it just makes you a more tempting target to get killed or jacked by one of us from the FEMA lines… lmao you guys are TRULY delusional!

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    uhhhh Reply:

    @CBE,

    What you have desrcibed is called a Great Depression. Dude wake up! When your 90 and your stocked up in Metals and Food your gonna feel a little stupid when shit hasnt happened!

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    Life Reply:

    @CBE, Well informed from what? Windows movie-maker produced Yotube videos?

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    FFT Reply:

    @Life, LMAO! XD

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  3. Breeangel

    I love him, he’s the best rapper, and i love listening to and watching his interviews because he’s so intelligent….cant wait for the album! : )

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  4. vmili

    Rita Ora is part of the illuminati, they raised her to become what she is

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  5. iller

    Anyone who still believes in Illuminati needs to grow up… Next thing they’ll be saying santa claus and the tooth fairy are real

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    Miles Reply:

    @iller, the illuminati is proven to be real. Some ppl have crazy illuminati theories though. I want you to go to the library

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    JHP Reply:

    @Miles, Correction, the illuminati WAS real. They were a group of wealthy and old european white men. It was created and disbanded in the 1700s, it has absolutely nothing to do with modern american black musicians, and even if it somehow did, there was no blood sacrifices, satan worship, or any of that nonsense

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    Rasan8250 Reply:

    @JHP, Actually they evolved from the Knights Templar (who started the bank branching system) Illuminati is a very elite thing a rapper like Jay-Z would not be included. I more so believe that there are people who really run the show those people you will never see and if you do see them you won’t even know who or what they are. Stop looking up Illuminati because the word is over used and look up Trilateral Commission. See what you find there.

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    CBE Reply:

    @Rasan8250, school him :)

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  6. A$VP Richie

    “What makes you think the illuminati would ever let some niggas in” – Cyhi da prince

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  7. Ralph

    ”Who said a black man in the Illuminati
    Last time I check, that was the biggest racist party” – K-Dot

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  8. Ursula

    Cole is weak. Kendrick would be stooping down to do a record with him.

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    Morgan Reply:

    @Ursula, Cole is weak, huh? You might wanna go listen to some French Montana music because that’s clearly you’re kinda party. This guy went from poverty to college to being a millionaire and you’re just bitter because he’s accomplished more than you ever will. Crabs in a barrel, slave mentality. You might wanna speak to someone about your problems. Hating this guy, who you don’t even know, is not gonna increase your self-esteem one bit.

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Morgan, Slave mentality? ur making a big assumption there… just let that marinate.

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    Breeangel Reply:

    @Ursula, Oh please….Kendrick, while talented, is overrated…him and Cole are equals…Kendrick just had a better album (in most people’s opinion, not mine) but skillwise they are even.Born Sinner will prove that im sure..and Cole’s voice and delivery is more pleasant to listen to…and stooping down? Cole is already Gold and Grammy nominated…Kendrick, while im sure eventually he will, isnt there yet : )

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    Outspoken Reply:

    @Breeangel, I was gonna take your opinion as just that an opinion…but youre the same chick that thinks youre J. Coles girl on the NB blog site lol….so now that comment makes sense. -__-

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    Outspoken Reply:

    @Breeangel, oh and Kendrick’s GKMC album is certified gold and on the way to platinum…i guarantee he will not only be nominated for best rap album next year in the grammys…he will win.And this is coming from a huge J. Cole fan.

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    Breeangel Reply:

    @Outspoken,Kendrick isnt better than Cole …thats all im sayin…and im just a stan so no i dont think im his girl…yall take things too literal : )

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    rolldemdice Reply:

    @Ursula, you think cole is weak huh? Kendrick is rather weak. What makes you think kendrick is better than cole? Kdot is the most overated rapper in hiphop history and also has an annoying voice. Cole is way better than that dude. #tearsforodb

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    Raj Reply:

    @Ursula, So, let me get this straight. You hate on Beyonce for obvious reasons. You hate on Justin Timberlake because he’s a white man, married to a white woman, who sings R&B and is more talented and commercially successful than your fave Robin Thicke and you hate J. Cole because ….why again? Grammy nominated rapper with a fanbase that supported him through it all, despite menial promo? Girl, you are so ignorant. Please get a life. All you do is sit on these blogs and e-thug it out trying to tear people down. Get some friends!!

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    Liam Reply:

    @Ursula, You’re just another jealous fool drinking the Kendrick Lamar kool-aid. You make foolish statements like that and can’t back them up.

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    Frankie Reply:

    @Ursula, Damn, your ass stays checked on this site! I would just stop commenting lol

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Frankie, You stay changing your name and leaving multiple comments on things I have to say. Girl/boy whatever, get over it. and this doesn’t have anything to do with self esteem. lool like wtf? I swear, it’s called dialogue and apparent you like e-thuggin back to my comments.. and yes Kendrick is just that good. First he was the most underrated, now he’s overrated? FOH.

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  9. truth

    hmmm…. them eyebrows tho? cole is still cute.

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    Rachel Reply:

    @truth, He is cute, but he really needs to do something about those eyebrows and teeth. My God, I’m sure “Crooked Smile” is a good song but the teeth sure as hell ain’t lol

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  10. TheNotoriousDJC

    Why are people so obsessed with whether or not Jay-Z is an illuminati member? It’s just some trivial BS. One world government theories are things that can actually have an effect on your lives if they’re true. Celebrity illuminati claims are conspiracy theories for idiots

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  11. barey

    cant wait to his new work

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  12. kate

    love you

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  13. Yasmine

    Love J. Cole. Any and all haters can promptly slit their throats. Thanks!

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  14. B.s

    Why ist that its usually black rich people being accused of being members of da illuminati, i can think of 20 black celebrities of da top of my head who have been said to be members & only like 3 white celebs

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    xedos Reply:

    @B.s, i ask the same question,but i come to belive its envy and jealousy.These niggas fail at everything they try in their lives, so they try to pull others down to feel better about themselves

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    Life Reply:

    @B.s, Black people are too superstitious.

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    FFT Reply:

    @B.s, THANK you! I guess they feel that their own lack of success in life was due to them not having that supposed edge, rather than the truth, which is a lack of drive.

    Black folks are their own worst enemy.

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    Wow Reply:

    @B.s, Because they are the idiots courting the rumor by putting so called “signs & symbols” in videos, outfits and staging for the controversy. Black entertainment folks are flashy, give them some power and they will let the world know they have it, but I bet you Harv Weinstein won’t complain if they leave him off Forbes rich list. He knows he is rich just like he knows his position in the Illumin… but that’s just me.

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  15. Jigsaw Killa

    Bulllshhit,Cole aint shit,illuminati can suck my dick

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  16. xedos

    I these people exist and have so much power i don’ see how lots of these haters would still be alive

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  17. Ryan

    Wow, I never knew J. Cole had so many damn haters.

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  18. Wow

    I see no “__________ is not ____________”. J. Cole is an intelligent and articulate young man why did he suddenly jumble his words on this one answer? All the other answers are quite clear, concise and matter of fact.

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  19. deelee

    My friend is a religious studies major. yall dont know anything about the illuminati. those videos are BLACK people hating on BLACK success because they are LAZY. i am black and WORK HARD and get MY SHIT done i dont say successful people are POSSESSED BY THE DEVIL as an excuse to feel better about myself while i lay around and smoke weed all day and listen to 2chainz while i head over to popeyes. GROW UP

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  20. BEY&Nicki slays

    I don’t believe in the illuminati all of that is straight bs

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  21. Azula

    To all you who believe in the Illuminati… please don’t say this shit in real life, you don’t realize how stupid you look. We may smile and nod not to offend you but really you’re humiliating yourselves.

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  22. prounkd uk british man & Woman

    nice interview of j cole

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  23. smith

    is like asking a little demon if the devil exists and was really bad , and he says NO .. and u take his word for it / believe him ..

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  24. Cha Thai

    Wow… I just got done reading a ton of BS! This proves that our world..our society is coming to an end. smh

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  25. Melissa

    @CBE,Breezylover….Real Talk..only certain ones can tell everyone else got blinders on but know the truth!!

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  26. G

    I can’t speak for others but I’m 22, black, with multiple incomes, net-worth approaching millions soon, A MAN OF GOD, and Not because of NO DAMN ILLUMINATI. SO WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE TRYING TO SAY?? A BLACK MAN CAN’T BE SUCCESSFUL FROM JUST HARD WORK AND FAITH IN GOD NOW-A-DAYS?!? I normally don’t get on BLOGS to rant about what others are doing that don’t even effect my life, family, the ones I care about, or my income, but REALLY?!? I guarantee half of you posting so much negativity about other people that DON’t even know you and don’t give a damn about what you say or type probably don’t even have your own lives together. Shows how much you need to bring others’ names and credibility down with you to make yourselves feel better.
    smh.

    *CRABS in a BUCKET*

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  27. coleworld all day

    I just wanna say fuck y’all views. Rappers keep on telling you straight up “sold my soul”, pac, eminem, biggie n a lot of em made dat statement. Cole even said “some niggas sold dey souls” on the come up n if he wasn’t enlightened back then? He still said it again on tears for odb(truly yours). My nigga knows what truly going on. I won’t say illuminati? But I know many of em rappers cut a deal with the devil. Maybe skull n bones, maybe free mason, but just because u love a nigga no homo don’t mean u shud deny facts even he says in lyrics. Any questions? :)

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    Kaycee Reply:

    @coleworld all day, Preach !! So many people are blind to whats really going on but its w.e its their opinion

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  28. mr hassan

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  29. Black girl

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion it’s a shame that u see someone else’s comment and get mad. Why r u guys taking up for these people u don’t even know them. They not paying u to take up for them. This is stupid enough people!! Fuck worrying bout the illuminati focus on when Jesus comes back who side will u be on then!!!

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    biggerbiss Reply:

    its crazy how jcole says tht^^ but in his album born sinner its a whole different message with illuminati…….. #######killuminati

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