In an interview with Mina SayWhat on Power 99, the Atlanta rap star downplayed the Illuminati references.
“Do not get art and creativity confused with ignorance,”
“I am a hard-working, God-fearing man. I have no idea what an Illuminati is and really don’t give a damn ’cause it has nothing to do with me. I just wanted to do something different and something bigger.”
As far as the Eye of Providence on the cover, which is best known as a symbol of the Illuminati, he says it’s a reflection of the music.
“It’s kinda a dark album, so I just wanted it to have that mystique about it, something to keep as a collector’s edition.”
“When Pac did Makaveli and he put himself on that cross, it was just how he felt,”
“He felt like it was him against the world, him against all odds. He put himself in that mind state. That’s just how I feel. I feel like I’m bigger than music. I’m a leader so I can do that. I don’t want to stand in front of a Lamborghini and give you another picture of me with five chains on. That’s wack for me. I’m nine, ten years in the game. I’m trying to push the envelope a little bit.”
When the album arrives on September 2, it will silence the critics.
“When you open that album and play that album, then we ain’t gon’ have this conversation. ‘Cause that music is A1.”