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Jay-Z Is Not A Devil Worshipper; He's My Friend

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke debunks rumors spread on blogs and YouTube that Jay-Z is down with the Illuminati.

People who depict Jay-Z as a devil-worshiping member of a secret society known as the Illuminati are whack. Hov -- as they call him -- has constantly battled rumors he rose to the top by making a deal with Satan. Recently, he told website Hip-Hop Wired: "When people have a certain amount of success, it needs to be explained in a way other than hard work and talent and being blessed." He is absolutely on point.

All Jay-Z has done is work his ass off. Back in the day, he was on my

pay-per-view program Luke's Freakshow. At that time, he was hanging with

Biggie Smalls and observing how the late rapper dealt with fame. He

learned from other rappers' mistakes, and that's why he has lasted so

long in the business.

Jay-Z is a loyal guy who is way ahead of the game -- you don't see him

starting beef with other rappers or going to jail for stupid shit. But

because he is so successful, and married to a very successful and famous

woman (Beyoncé), people search for something screwed-up to say about

him.

I don't know any devil worshipers. And who knows, maybe Jay-Z and other

rappers have some devil worshipers as fans. But that doesn't mean

entertainers are sacrificing virgins for Beelzebub. I didn't even know

who the Illuminati were until the Internet started buzzing that Jay-Z

was one of them. It's ridiculous. Jay-Z is a cool cat. He ain't

Hollywood. He is a regular guy. He is so fucking grounded. It is a shame

people want to link him to this conspiracy.

Just because someone claims to see satanic symbolism in Jay-Z's videos

doesn't mean it's real. Anybody with a deranged mind can conjure up

images not really there. Two people can read the Bible or the Koran and

come away with different interpretations.

But American society thrives on building people up and then tearing them

down. Look at Tom Cruise. The tabloids go after him because he is a

member of the Church of Scientology. If a man believes he is a

spiritual, immortal being or a demon from Hell, it is his own

motherf-ing business.

What people need to do is stop their obsession with the supernatural.

Too many folks are into vampire and devil shit. They watch so many

Twilight movies and True Blood reruns that they believe monsters

actually exist.

Follow Luke on Twitter: @unclelukereal1.

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