A rather momentous landmark in UK music history has been reached, and it’s all thanks to The Far East Movement…

The latest track by US Rap quartet Far East Movement was released in the United Kingdom earlier this week (July 29th) and unless we here at ‘Conspiro Media’ are mistaken, it is the first time a song with the word “Illuminati” in it’s lyrics has managed to lodge itself inside the UK Top 40 singles chart. Currently sitting comfortably at No. 16, and co-written by all four members of the group, ’Turn Up the Love’ also features the four-piece Pop band, Cover Drive.

Here’s the lyrics:

TURN UP THE LOVE
[Chorus:]
We are one tonight
And we’re breathing in the same air
So turn up the love
Turn up the love
We’re turnin’ up the love

[Verse 1:]
Turn it up now
Get it poppin’, hot tamale
Dirty bass, We so body body
Too legit, we can’t quit the party
Super freaks, no Illuminati
So one two hit the booze
We on youtube, nothing to lose
So let it loose ’cause the sheep don’t sleep

[Verse 2:]
Like pop pop pop pop
Drop low to the L O
V E gotta get more
So clap your hands, clap clap your hands
I got nothing but love to give
Turn it up
Turned up you don’t hear me no
Here’s some love for your stereo
So clap your hands, clap clap your hands
I got nothing but love to give

[Chorus:]
We are one tonight
And we’re breathing in the same air
So turn up the love
Turn up the love
We’re turnin’ up the love

[Chorus:]
We are one tonight
And we’re breathing in the same air
So turn up the love
Turn up the love
We’re turnin’ up the love

[Verse 3:]
Go ahead now floss your love like a heart of gold
Dirty bass to bake a tootsie roll
If you don’t low on the floor
I got a crew that will handle that cookie jar
Damn girl, I ain’t tryin’ to be rude
Spread love like a guest list, you plus two
That’s what you call a move

[Verse 4:]
Like pop pop pop pop
Drop low to the L O
V E gotta get more
So clap your hands, clap clap your hands
I got nothing but love to give
Turn it up
Turned up you don’t hear me no
Here’s a love for your stereo
So clap your hands, clap clap your hands
Like pop pop pop pop

[Verse 5:]
Turn me on like this your song
Dirty bass got love to give
Turn it up now
Mad monopoly all night long
Dirty bass got love to give
Yo, let me see that grill from here to here
So much love in the atmosphere
The good times roll with me right here
I got nothing but love to give

[Chorus:]
We are one tonight
And we’re breathing in the same air
So turn up the love
Turn up the love
We’re turnin’ up the love

[Chorus:]
We are one tonight
And we’re breathing in the same air
So turn up the love
Turn up the love
We’re turnin’ up the love

[Outro:]
Turn it up now
Turn it up now
Dirty bass got
Love to give
Love to give
Like pop pop pop pop

The group, whose line-up features MCs Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif and DJ Virman, made history in 2010 when they became the first Asian/American act to reach No. 1 in the US Billboard chart with their track ‘Like a G6.’ Talking to entertainment site ‘Clevver Music’ earlier this year, Nish said their latest single “is about turning up the love and having a good time.” Indeed, the accompanying video certainly suggests that. It begins by showing the group in what appears to be a market looking rather bored with life. Then, one of them turns to his portable music-centre, presses ’Play’ and one big party ensues with Far East Movement and Cover Drive providing the sounds:

The over-riding ‘feel good’ message in the lyrics of ‘Turn Up the Love’ has apparently inspired the group to film a new version of the video which will feature their fans performing good deeds in their neighbourhoods. Earlier last month, Kev announced, “we just released a new music video for our single ‘Turn Up the Love’ and we’re working with ‘DoSomething.org’ and ‘Viddy’ to inspire people to turn up the love in the community and shoot themselves doing anything good in the community. Then we’re taking all the footage shot by fans around the globe and releasing an alternative music video on our official VEVO ‘YouTube’ channel.” The new version is due to be unleashed in August.

Assuming their intentions are entirely genuine, and assuming the song is indeed all about ’turning up the love’ and having a good time, what relevance does the word “Illuminati” have in all this? Well… perhaps nothing. Perhaps it’s a veiled response aimed at critics on the internet who’ve been raising some rather interesting points about the band and their true affiliations. Just type in “Far East Movement Illuminati” into ‘Google Image Search’ and you’ll find pictures of the group making “Satanic” hand-signals, most notably the sign of ‘666’ (similar to the sign for “OK”) by using a thumb and two fingers to form a ’six’ whilst also keeping three fingers straight to emphasise it’s special meaning as a trio. Here’s just a few examples:

Kev Nish actually referred to these internet claims during an interview for the magazine ‘Musicology’ in March last year when he was asked who came up with the idea for the hand-sign and what it meant. He said, “that is actually derived from sign language. I know some people are going, ‘oh my gosh… Illuminati! What is that!?’ But just to let you know… and I’m sorry to disappoint you, I wish we could be more epic, I wish it was more mysterious, but it was inspired by our home-girl who actually was a very accomplished sign language deliverer. She said that the three fingers together is the letter ‘F’ in sign language, so what we did was, spread it open, because that represents positivity in the United States, like a OK – means ‘all good’ – and we want to rep that. So it kind of means, three… all good. It kind of also shows three MCs and the little hole is the DJ and it’s just ‘A OK’ all day… that’s what it is. There is no Illuminati – I’m sorry.”

American sign-language chart

(Left); Kev Nish and his notorious hand-signal, (Right); The letter ‘F’ in American sign-language

But what about the lyrics to the Far East Movement’s break-through hit single ‘Like a G6’ which refers to a “Three 6”?…

LIKE A G6
Poppin bottles in the ice, like a blizzard
When we drink we do it right gettin slizzard
Sippin sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6
Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6
Like a G6, Like a G6
Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6

Gimme that Mo-Moet
Gimme that Cry-Crystal
Ladies love my style, at my table gettin wild
Get them bottles poppin, we get that drip and that drop
Now give me 2 more bottles cuz you know it don’t stop

(808) Hell Yeaa
Drink it up, drink-drink it up,
When sober girls around me, they be actin like they drunk
They be actin like they drunk, actin-actin like they drunk
When sober girls around me actin-actin like they drunk

Poppin bottles in the ice, like a blizzard
When we drink we do it right gettin slizzard
Sippin sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6
Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6
Like a G6, Like a G6
Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6

Sippin on, sippin on sizz, Ima ma-make it fizz
Girl i keep it gangsta, poppin bottles at the crib
This is how we live, every single night
Take that bottle to the head, and let me see you fly

(808) Hell Yeaa
Drink it up, drink-drink it up,
When sober girls around me, they be actin like they drunk
They be actin like they drunk, actin-actin like they drunk
When sober girls around me actin-actin like they drunk

Poppin bottles in the ice, like a blizzard
When we drink we do it right gettin slizzard
Sippin sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6
Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6
Like a G6, Like a G6
Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6

Its that 808 bump, make you put yo hands up
Make you put yo hands up, put yo, put yo hands up
(You can’t Touch this)
Its that 808 bump, make you put yo hands up
Make you put yo hands up, put yo, put yo hands up
(You can’t Touch this)
Hell Yeaaa, Make you put yo hands up, put yo put yo hands up
Hell Yeaaa, Make you put yo hands up, put yo put yo hands up

Poppin bottles in the ice, like a blizzard
When we drink we do it right gettin slizzard
Sippin sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6
Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6
Like a G6, Like a G6
Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6

The song was also criticised for allegedly promoting a hedonistic lifestyle, all washed down with a truly suspect drink known as ‘Sizzurp’ which is made from cough syrup available either illegally or by prescription and which sometimes contains codeine and promethazine. It’s then mixed with soda and other ingredients. When taken in large quantities, it can lead to sedation and altered levels of consciousness. A popular drink within the Hip Hop community, a number of rappers’ untimely deaths have been linked to it. When The Far East Movement were approached to comment on the claims, they did admit the song was about “bottle culture” but denied they were glorifying a dangerous substance, although with a slightly ambiguous undertone. For example, when they were asked by ‘Complex.com’ in 2010 whether they were advocating the use of Sizzurp, Kev replied, “oh, nah. We advocate partying, but we don’t advocate that for the kids at all. We ain’t going to shy away from that, though. We like to have fun. That’s all I have to say. In my verse when I say sizz, I’m actually saying pouring champagne making it sizzle. We know we’re role models, but at the same time, when we’re in the studio we don’t hold back.” Be that as it may, what – or whom – is the term “Three 6” referring to? An interview for ‘CollegeNews.com’ from 2011 might provide an answer. When asked about the meaning behind the word ‘sizzard’ they said, “I would say that’s five drinks away, as in wasted. That’s when you’re stumbling out the first club in a wheelchair or a gurney. Actually, we can’t take credit for that word. That’s a word used by Outkast, Three Six Mafia, many Southern rappers. We’re just fans of it. We grew up saying it.“ So, when the Far East Movement state: “We drink we do it right gettin slizzard. Sippin Sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6,” are they tipping a nod to Satan… or perhaps, Three 6 Mafia?

So… mystery solved?

Not quite.

There’s also questions surrounding the accompanying music-video which clearly, but very briefly features a shot of a logo that bears an uncanny resemblance to the notorious US Seal, complete with the phrase ‘Novus Ordo Seclorum’ (New Order of the Ages) and a selection of occult mascots:

Screenshot of the intriguing seal in the ‘G6’ video

The Great Seal of the USA

The video then pans down to show a woman having her hand scanned in order to enter a nightclub. Is this a subliminal warning by the makers of the video? Are they secretly telling us that the New (World) Order of the Ages is manifesting itself through increased Big Brother surveillance?

The logo in the video belongs to ‘The Social Trust’ which, according to it’s official website, deals in photography and design and “was founded on the basis of friendship and community” and “to this day… seek to honour and cultivate relationships in order to promote growth as a whole. We provide services that render an unforgiving presence and brilliant pertinence through visual refinement.” It also refers to the Far East Movement as “our good friends.” So, why the occult symbols? Is ‘The Social Trust’ some nefarious organisation? 

It should be pointed out as a matter of reference, and as many experts of the occult will confirm, that a number of esoteric logos have a multitude of meanings, some good some bad. Speaking at ’Conspiracy Con’ in 2003, researcher and historian Michael Tsarion said, “if you have a plan to go on and do any of your own marketing in any field, it’s very important to know what they do, because what they do, you can also do. You can take your power back and use the same motifs, but use it for positive reasons – proactive reasons.” Is this what ‘The Social Trust’ is doing?

It isn’t the only company logo that features in the video. In fact, there are what appears to be some rather blatant displays of Product Placement. At the beginning we see a close-up of Kev rapping whilst pointing to his Dr. Dre ‘Beats’ headphones, then later, a woman walks around a convenience store and in the background are a shelf-full of ‘Pringles.’

Whilst writing this article, a thought occurred: “Why bother? Isn’t this all so embarrassingly trivial? Who actually cares whether the first ever song with the word ‘Illuminati’ in it has entered the UK singles chart? There are earth-shattering events of such a ghastly magnitude taking place all across the world at the moment and none of the subjects covered in this article come anywhere near matching their importance.” But then, just minutes later, it all suddenly began to make sense… this isn’t trivial at all. In fact it’s quite significant and rather important. What the Far East Movement song and it’s chart presence represents is a barometer of the great awakening that’s said to be taking place. In recent years, thanks in great part to the growing popularity of the internet and the wealth of data available, a steadily increasing number of performers have been forced to acknowledge the growing rumours regarding their alleged affiliations. In 2011, Rihanna’s music-video for ’S&M’ showed her standing in front of a background with the words, “princess of the Illuminati” emblazoned across it, then, earlier this year (and as covered extensively by ‘Conspiro Media’ in a lengthy article) rapper Nicki Minaj used the word in the B.o.B. song ‘Out of My Mind’ in what can only be perceived as a reaction against ongoing rumours of her role in a hidden agenda.

Given the sheer volume of information on the internet regarding Pop-stars and their ‘Illuminati links,’ there’s little chance these performers aren’t aware of the accusations being levelled against them, and now it looks as though they’re hitting back.
The Far East Movement’s single is the latest example of that – irrespective of whether they themselves are connected to any secret, malevolent organisation.
Surely these developments should be welcomed, as they clearly demonstrate that barriers to awareness are slowly, but surely coming down?

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REFERENCE LINKS:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_East_Movement

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/fareastmovement/turnupthelove.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clV-H-o84TE

http://rebelnetworknews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/far-east-movement-want-fans-to-turn-up.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XUEOW3sJUqI

http://www.fareastmovement.com/news/default.aspx?nid=39130

http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?referral=other&pnum=29&refresh=2Jp0e1A9P81c&EID=c539e7b5-70da-4ce5-8391-8804a9b307a0&skip=&p=29

http://www.squidoo.com/american-sign-language-alphabet

http://www.complex.com/music/2010/07/far-east-movement-talks-interscope-deal-and-get-him-to-the-greek

http://www.complex.com/music/2010/07/far-east-movement-talks-interscope-deal-and-get-him-to-the-greek/page/2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_drank

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Like_a_G6

http://www.lyricsmania.com/like_a_g6_lyrics_far_east_movement.html

http://www.collegenews.com/lifestyle/entertainment/star_profiles/far_east_movement_flies_like_a_g6

http://www.thesocialtrust.com/

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4 thoughts on “A rather momentous landmark in UK music history has been reached, and it’s all thanks to The Far East Movement…

  1. Hi Matt-Im suprised it’s taken so long for an Illuminati refernce to hit the charts.One of the most blatent example of courting this kind of controversy I’ve seen is in the recent video by Rhianna’s current squeeze Drake-the latest rapper being given the superstar treatment.The songs
    charmingly titled HYFR(Hell Ya,F###in Right)and depicts a Bar Mitzvah filmed at Miami’s Temple Isreal.In it Blake and his cronies cavort in sweatshirts with the Owl of Bohemia logo as seen on Bohemian Grove official programmes.Hardly suprisingly it has been nominated in the best hip hop video catagory at the 2012 MTV awards.

    One rap act who have mentioned the illuminati numerous times in their work and interviews are the mighty Public Enemy-who have scored a suprise No 27 hit off the back of a CH4 promo using one of their tracks.Shows that there is an appetite for the real thing if people get the chance to hear it.This year they are releasing two albums-“Most of my hero’s still dont appear on no stamp” and “The evil empire of everything.” Thankfully it appears they are showing no sign of mellowing.

    • Hello, johny.
      Drake’s been in the music-game for a few years now, but, in recent times it’s true to say that his profile has been elevated somewhat (and a few tabloid rumours regarding the exact nature of his relationship with the “Illuminati Princess” Rihanna).
      I was a bit stunned when I checked the Top40 singles chart last week and saw Public Enemy there! I have to say, I did think to myself: “Mmmm… perhaps this song’s been used on the TV… I mean, why the sudden mainstream interest in this band again after all these years?”. And – yep, lo and behold – it’s been used in the Channel 4 Paralympics trailer.
      I’ve been a fan of Public Enemy since the early days and saw them live in Brighton at the height of their mainstream fame back in the late 80s / early 90s. Their albums, ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions’ and ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ have since become regular entrants in many ‘All-Time Great Album’ listings – and for good reason in my opinion. Although rarely seen in the mainstream any more, their subsequent albums over the years have continued to impress the critics, and the band haven’t mellowed with regards to their lyrical content (for example, album titles such as ‘New Whirl Odor’ are more than suggestive). Of course. the band also have prominent ‘Truth-Speaker’ Prof.Griff in their ranks too to keep them informed. Although I haven’t followed them as religiously as I once did, I have kept my ear out and have been impressed with the tracks I have heard. If I’m not mistaken, I think the title to their ‘Postage Stamp’ album is taken from one of their older tracks (circa 1988 / 1990)? Of course, the Illuminati is mentioned quite a lot in the lyrical content of Hip Hop tunes and Hip Hop acts – but not the mainstream ones. Most of the Rap tracks I’ve heard which concentrate on these themes are usually confined to lesser known Rappers or on Hip Hop download site and forums… they never make it to the mainstream – but there is an awareness there. In fact, I’ll take a gamble here and conclude that the Hip Hop community is much more aware of the ‘New World Order’ subject than any other musical genre or community.

  2. Hi Matt,indeed it seems many in the real hip hop community are very much aware of Conspiracy issues-David Icke recently spoke of how he gets contacted by artists in this field about his work.

    There is obviously a question of how relevant the term illuminati really is-some respected researchers have no problem using it while others regard it as something of a meaningless cliche(In any case at this point most will be aware who one is referring to by using the term).It seems doubtful that an orginization with links to the one founded in Bavaria in 1776 is still in existence-certainly the hedonistic morons like the Far East Movement and their ilk would be at most mere puppets.As we have witnessed over the last few years awareness of such things in music and movies has exploded and clearly it’s used by some as a fashion accesory.On the other hand the likes of Vigilant Citizen is adamant that Mind Control is used on the artist and symbolism is carefully inserted in the videos as part of a wider dark agenda.It may be true that some of these hip hop/r’n’b acts have a buffoonish,ill informed approach to it while other select acts are well under the wing and control of something alot more sinister.

  3. When they mention “three 6” in their song “Like a G6” they are talking about the rap group “Three 6 Mafia” who is well known for drinking codeine and partying.

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