By Nadeska Alexis with reporting by Rob Markman
The most noticeable visuals in Fat Joe’s recent video “Another Round” were the bikini-clad models, or at least, that’s what it seemed like on first look. According to the Bronx MC, who is sporting a new look after shedding pounds, since the Colin Tilley-directed video premiered he’s received numerous tweets accusing him of being a part of the Illuminati. Joe’s response? “I don’t know about the f---ng illuminati man.”
Joe told MTV News that viewers pointed out the pyramid and tents in the video as signs of his involvement in the secret organization, but he dismissed the rumors as completely ridiculous. “I don’t even know a thing about the Illuminati. My Twitter is going off, ‘We lost another one, Illuminati,’” Joe said, “What are you talking about man? I have no clue. I don’t know…send me a check Illuminati or something, I don’t know what’s going on man.”
Illuminati theories are all the rage in hip-hop these days. In addition to accusing Jay-Z of being in the Illuminati for a couple of years now, a few fanatics even made the issue a trending topic on Twitter this week after Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter was born. They alleged that the baby’s name somehow paid tribute to the organization.
Conspiracy theories aside, Fat Joe was happy to have Chris Brown featured in the video for “Another Round,” telling MTV News last week, "You know, that guy, he's like the 'guy Beyoncé. This guy takes his shirt off — I played it for a couple of chicks before we released it and they just start goin' crazy and buggin' out like, 'Oh my God, yo,' " Joe laughed. "You know, he's a sex symbol."