Apparently, as a rapper, it’s tough getting a record contract these days. I don’t know whether this can be attributed to the commercial decline of the industry as evidenced by the lack of platinum artists. But apparently, walking across bridges to fetch cheesecake or even producing a demo just doesn’t cut it anymore. Which when you think about it, it kind of explains much of the garbage that assaults our ears via urban radio.

But be that as it may, I guess an aspiring rapper offering a blood sacrifice to the Illuminati in an attempt to break into the business is to be understood. After all, we all know that this is the very organization responsible for the existence of everything in the world as we know it. That said, why should the hip hop industry be any different, right? Surely the Illuminati has a hand in everything when it comes to making money, right? And of course this would explain why one aspiring Virginia rapper is awaiting trial for shooting his friend in an apparent Illuminati blood sacrifice, in an attempt to make it in the music industry.

This from the Richmond Times Dispatch:

A Henrico County judge Thursday scheduled a two-day trial in June for an aspiring rap star who, according to a prosecutor, apparently believed that he had to sacrifice his friend to reach stardom.

Henrico Circuit Judge L.A. Harris Jr. denied bond Thursday for Wafeeq Sabir El-Amin, 27, after Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas L. Johnson described El-Amin as a danger to the public and a man who was so overcome with marijuana when questioned by detectives that he could not remember the events of the month in which he committed the alleged crime.

“You are my sacrifice,” Johnson quoted El-Amin as saying before he allegedly fired a shot toward his friend’s head inside a Henrico home that was to become a music studio.

El-Amin is listed in state records as the registered agent of Break Bread Inc., located in the 1000 block of Athens Avenue just north of Brook and Parham roads.

According to a search warrant, the shooting at the now-abandoned dwelling the night of Dec. 26 occurred after prolonged marijuana use. The victim awoke from a drowsy sleep to see El-Amin pointing a gun at his head and saying he needed to be sacrificed, according to the search warrant.

The bullet ricocheted off the victim’s hand sending bone and skin fragments into his eye, according to the warrant, but the victim was able to get hold of the gun and shoot El-Amin in the stomach before he ran off.

The victim has not been charged.

Johnson said in court Thursday that the trial will delve into the hip-hop music culture and the notion that a secret society called the Illuminati has control over the success of some performers.

It was the belief that a sacrifice had to occur in order to join the Illuminati that allegedly incited El-Amin, Johnson said. Investigators recovered more than a pound of marijuana from the Athens Avenue home, according to the search warrant, as well as literature dealing with the Illuminati and its alleged connection to the music industry.

Wafeeq Sabir El-Amin

Harris, in denying bond for El-Amin, who waved happily to family members in the courtroom Thursday, said he was concerned about Johnson’s representations that El-Amin claimed no knowledge of what occurred in December because of the amount of marijuana he had smoked.

Johnson said in court that a book about the role of the Illuminati in hip-hop music and especially in the career of rap star 50 Cent was an obsession for El-Amin.

El-Amin, who has a South Richmond address and no prior criminal record, is charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was indicted by a grand jury earlier this year.

Harris set the trial for June 26 and 27. (source)

At the behest of sounding like a 40-year-old hip hop fan stuck in ’93, and played out like Kwame’s polka dots and five-star rims (yeah, I know you remember them shits). But I’d truly like to know: what’s up with hip hop culture today? The Illuminati? I mean, really? Alright, I’m not going to go into one of those profanity laced rants; and yes, I know the days of old will never return; and yes, as much as I hate it, I’m good with that. However, as of late I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about a connection between hip hop and the Illuminati; but, this shit is ridiculous. Listen, there’s no Illuminati; nope, it doesn’t exist. Let’s be real, if there was such an organization, why would they even be associated with nickel and dime Negroes? No seriously, so what was supposed to happen once Sabir El-Amin successfully murdered his friend? What, send then a message on YouTube?

You Negroes play too damn much:

For a while now I’ve heard internet chatter about who’s who of the industry and their allegiances to the an assumed almighty and powerful world ruling secret society. But honestly, I just chalked it up to black kids finally having access to internet and coming across crazy White folks and their conspiracy theories via YouTube. I suppose black kids became bored with the talk of weed, made up crack empires, and the obligatory misogynist trysts in their music. It’s like being a successfully wealthy rapper isn’t enough anymore. Yep, the only way an emcee is able to be invited to the White House or sit at a presidential inauguration, requires the blessings of the Illuminati.

illuminatiWhat’s next, Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy is going to have her name secretly encoded on the back of a one hundred-dollar bill? Is that where we’re at now, youth culture? Seriously, is that what’s hot in the streets? For real? We’re on some bullshit like this? What, do we need to bring back Freestyle Friday on BET, or some shit like that? Next y’all gon’ tell me the Illuminati is behind skinny jeans.