Hold Up, Beyonce
Beyonce’s Hold Up video from her visual album Lemonade kicks off our second playlist. Listen carefully to the opening lines on blood rituals and punishment as she plunges into a submerged room in which she has an out of body experience. As a Bible gets thrown to the floor, she levitates above the bed, twisting and turning, in a scene not dissimilar from something you might see in The Exorcist. Is the album about empowering women or is it promoting a darker agenda? You decide.
Rihanna’s Rockstar shows her sporting a horned headpiece, reptilian outfits, and flashing the sign of the horns with her hands. She spends a lot of time in the video crawling around on the ground in chains and painted black, a dehumanising act (and let’s remember, MK ULTRA programming used trauma and distress as a way of gaining control over a subject).
POWER, Kanye West
Kanye West’s Power is full of symbolism including horns, the sky parting and the pillars of elitism whilst Kanye barely moves throughout the entire video. If the sword is a common symbol of power and the halo of holiness, what could the sword penetrating the halo suggest above Kanye’s head? Does it symbolise Kanye’s strength or his vulnerability to be struck down by a higher power at any given point? Last year, after only nine days in hospital recovering from a mental breakdown, Kanye scheduled a meeting with Donald Trump in which he announced himself as a public supporter. Make of that what you will.
Where Are U Now?, Justin Beiber
Justin Beiber’s Where Are U Now? moves so fast it’s prime for quick subliminal messages that we can’t readily perceive. It may look innocent enough but slow it down and you’ll see Freemasons’ compass, pentagram, all-seeing eye, pyramids, chains, and that’s not to mention the graffiti saying ‘Love the devil back’, ‘Kill the poor’, and a drawing of Justin with his brains exploding with the caption ‘If you’re reading this, it’s too late’. Either the fans that were supposed to be drawing these shots were obsessed with occult and Illuminati symbolism or it’s a MAJOR coincidence.
MTV VMA Awards 2013, Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke
Remember Miley Cyrus’ cringey duet with Robin Thicke at MTV’s VMA Awards? First known as Hannah Montana, this performance was as far away from her childhood Disney persona as it could get, showing that the pop culture industry could turn children’s role models into do-anything, degraded, Beta programmed sex kittens.