I stumbled across this by accident, but its amusing how many views and comments videos like these pick up in their linking of Hip Hop and Freemasonry. Its like the whole genre of conspiracy and secret societies has filtered down from the mass media culture of TV and movies and into the urban hip hop community.
It speaks volumes to the outreach that the fraternity has in those communities in engaging and educating them as to their work, but I wonder if the results are even more devastating in the way that the greater ideals of the fraternity are being perverted into the thought and imagery we see in the videos below. Interesting is that they are coming from an Islamic stand point (as you’ll see at the beginning of the 2nd video).
I say this because even as I post this, it will reach only a few thousand people who happen to find the material through a search, but the videos mentioned have already filtered through several thousands of computers (in come case several million) influencing and shaping the thoughts and perspectives of its viewers.
In other words, even though the detractors are wrong, they are telling the story of Freemasonry and not Freemasons. Even in the commentary the second video suggests that the artists are being approached by secret societies to spread their message.
This is the outcome of staying locked in our temples and not engaging with the greater society.
It really becomes a rabbit hole of imagery and videos on the internet. Traditional mass media is shaping the thinking of the viewers, even creating greater suspicions of institutions that already have a degree of conspiracy against them in society.
What to do?
Who knows? But the makers of these videos, like a Anti-Masonic party 150 years ago, know what they’re doing even if its happening by accident.