As part of our Music and Masons series, here are some examples of Freemasonry among hip hop musicians, particularly in Vancouver, B.C.
As reported on the Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon website, “Freemasonry is an ambivalent presence in the hip hop community. On the one hand there appears to be a growing, misinformed, belief that Freemasonry is a negative influence on society in general and hip hop music in particular, while on the other there are a number of hip hop artists who are representing themselves as Freemasons and, from what they say, appear to have a real understanding about Freemasonry’s ideals.”
The Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon cites Vancouver based hip hop artist Moka Only as a example of the latter. Moka Only is a member of a Masonic Lodge in Vancouver, B.C.
Interviewer: “I was peepin’ the twitter and I seen the hashtag saying that you’re a Freemason. What exactly is a Freemason?”
Moka Only: “Well, Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and strongest fraternities. It’s been around for three hundred years now. Yes, I am a Freemason and I will tell you right now it doesn’t have anything to do with the devil and Illuminati or nothing like that. It’s a fraternity of brothers all around the world who are trying to make positive change within themselves so they can make positive change around them, as an outcome. Now, that’s my take. There are many different angles involved. People join the fraternity for many different reasons. Personally, I’m into esoterica. I’m also into philosophy and I like the idea of charity, and Freemasonry embraces all of those things. I’m proud to be a Freemason.”
Interviewer: “Dope, man. You heard it directly from Moka Only’s mouth, man. Freemasonry’s a good thing and Moka Only’s a proud Freemason.”
Here’s another comment from Moka Only which we found interesting:
“…hip hop doesn’t pay enough attention to jazz anymore. There was a time when they went hand in hand in the 90s and hiphop musicians benefitted greatly from studying the jazz greats. Fortunately a handful of us never stopped with the Jazz influence. Study the greats! It will make you greater and more cultured!”
Another Vancouver band with members who are Freemasons is Lucid AfterLife.
Here’s a video of Lucid AfterLife performing their song Alpha Omega at a downtown Vancouver nightclub.
Here’s a video from American rapper Apathy (offstage name: Chad Bromley ) of The Grand Leveler, from his release Connecticut Casual. The Grand Leveler has clear and obvious Masonic imagery and references. [Note: some may find some of the lyrics offensive]
Here are some other sites with comments about Apathy and The Grand Leveler:
- Genius.com (with lyrics. Note: some readers may find some of these lyrics offensive. We’ve included the link here in the interest of informed discussion of this topic.)
Here is YouTube video of the Freemason Rap. We will contact this artist and post more information on this artist later.
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