Jay-Z appears to have embraced the beliefs of the Five-Percent Nation, which is an American organization that holds to the thought that 5 percent of the Earth has the ability to enlighten the rest.
The rapper recently made an appearance at two New York radio stations to promote his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail wearing a chain that symbolizes the Nation of Gods and Earths, which is another name for the organization.
Rumors and imagery in some of his music videos have tied Jay-Z to the occult and Satan worship in the past few years. The rapper addresses some of these issues on a song on his new album titled 'Heaven' while also speaking about some of the Five Percent doctrine.
"Arm leg leg arm head this is God Body," raps Jay in the opening lines of the track. This statement touches on the Five-Percent Nation's acronym for Allah who is not the traditional monotheistic God that is followed by orthodox Muslims. Instead, the Nation believes that the Asiatic Blackman is God.
Jay-Z also speaks about his view of organized religion.
"Question religion question it all, question existence until them questions are solved," he says. "I'm secular tell the hecklers settle down your religion creates division like my Maybach partition."
Jay-Z goes on to illustrate how he is like a God to the entertainment world and his fans are his congregation. "I confess, God in the flesh, live among the serpents turn arenas into churches."
Five-Percent members frequently refer to themselves as God according to their doctrine.
Rappers professing to be members of this Nation of Islam offshoot are nothing new in the hip-hop world. In the 1990s, popular rappers such as the Wu Tang Clan, Nas, and Mobb Deep all used the group's terminology and taught the beliefs in some of their music.
Jay-Z seems to be searching for some kind of faith to hold onto. In 2009 it appeared that he was dabbling in the occult, and now he has moved on to a more accepted religion in the hip-hop. His influence expands beyond the reach of most other rappers so the choices he makes are crucial to those who listen to his music.
He has also confessed to believing in one God in the past and refused to mock Jesus while he was a guest on atheist Bill Maher's talk show. His spiritual convictions still seem cloudy, however, those who profess Christ should be praying for him to find the right path instead of pointing the finger at him screaming Illuminati. Especially since his search for truth is far from over, according to his lyrics.