I’ll let the song and lyrics speak for themselves.
I get that Free masonry is deep in the pocket of material culture, and that it has a variety of meanings all around, but rapper Rick Ross has adapted Freemasonry’s other spelling, Free Mason, to make it his own in the new song Free Mason on his Teflon Don album.
The onetime correctional officer from Florida turned rapper seems at home using the fraternity in his lyrics, but based on what I’ve seen so far, he’s not using it as a member of the fraternity, but rather using the idea of it to illustrate his point in the song.
From the lyrics:
like gifts of gold
I embark on life,
My path is all math
I understand the codes
these hackers can’t crack
Free Mason, Freelance,
Free Agents, We faster
Personally, I have mixed thoughts on the song. No one likes their sacred cows trampled, but in context, the song isn’t a terrible message. It has flow, and I think the heart was behind it in the right way. What sticks more is the use of the term Free Mason without understanding the work, knowledge, or philosophy that goes into it.
On the reverse side of that coin, have the Masons made that wisdom known in recent years so using their name in a song like this would of commanded more respect?
You be the judge, how do you feel good/bad indifferent? Is this a good representation of the ancient and honorable fraternity that you belong to? Or is this a good reference point to mark as when Masonry jumped the shark in its institutional memory in society?