Conspiracy #1: Tupac Shakur is still alive... somewhere
The Theory: Despite the fact that 2Pac was shot four times in Las Vegas in a drive-by shooting in 1996, some hip-hop fans still believe 'Pac is alive—hiding out on an island somewhere or living under police protection in a secret location. Gossip blog TMZ has even posted photos of him out and about (though, for the record, he looks awfully in that flick, no?). His posthumous 1996 solo album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, only helped fuel the theory by providing "clues" that 'Pac would one day return to rule the rap world again.
The Reality: Most people that think Tupac is still alive want him to be alive. But nearly 15 years after his death, it's hard to imagine too many people still holding their breathe for Tupac's comeback.
Conspiracy #2: Jay-Z is part of a secret society known as the Illuminati
The Theory: Using song lyrics, hand gestures, album titles and "secret" double meanings as evidence, some conspiracy theorists have used YouTube to show that Jay-Z is doing more than just repping the Roc when he throws his diamond up. Even Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy has gone on the record to publicly question Hova's occult connections.
The Reality: Jay dispelled the theories on NYC's Hot 97 earlier this year by joking that he doesn't belong to the secret club. "I can't even get in a golf club in Palm Springs," he said. "I'm from Marcy." We can't really do anything but take his word for it.
Conspiracy #3: Gangsta rap was created by the government to encourage black people to kill one another
The Theory: During a 2008 interview with Blender, Alicia Keys revealed that she believes gangsta rap was created to hurt black people. "Gangsta rap was a play to convince black people to kill each other," she said, revealing that she'd recently read a few Black Panter autobiographies. She also suggested that the government and the media played a role in getting Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. killed in order "to stop another great black leader from existing."
The Reality: Keys later backtracked and clarified her statements, saying that her words were misrepresented. But she still blamed the media for overusing the term "gangsta rap." That makes a little more sense to us.