Reports that Jay-Z said, “Satan is our true Lord, only idiots believe in Jesus” during a backstage rant are false. The Grammy Award-winning artist never made any such “Satan-worshipping” statements—rumors that he went on a bizarre “backstage tirade” stemmed from a notorious purveyor of fake news.
According to Snopes, the fake claim originated on Neon Nettle, a disreputable website that publishes misinformation and fabricated quotes. The article claimed that the rapper revealed his Satanic beliefs during a concert in New Orleans last month, both onstage and behind-the-scenes. It purported:
Hip Hop star Jay-Z has blasted traditional Christian values in an epic rant where he claims to be part of an exclusive club of “smart people” who worships “our true lord; Satan.”
The billionaire rapper has also claimed that “God created Lucifer to be the bearer of truth and light,” and that “Jesus never existed” but was merely a “tool created by smart people to control dumb people.”
During a backstage tirade at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Friday, Jay-Z pointed around the room saying, “ya’ll being played.”
The report, however, is entirely fabricated. The fake quotes appear to have been taken from a Nov. 13 article on YourNewsWire, which claimed that Jay-Z said that Jesus was “the original fake news.” However, that article was completely fictitious as well. While YourNewsWire contains no disclaimer on their website, RationalWiki provides a short description on the site:
YourNewsWire (styled as YourNewsWire.com) is an Los Angeles-based clickbait fake news website known for disseminating conspiracy theories and misleading information, contrary to its claimed motto (“News. Truth. Unfiltered”).
Both stories seem to have used a video of Jay-Z performing his song “Lucifer” as “evidence” that he was preaching his Satanic beliefs during the “4:44 Tour” concert, which actually took place on a Thursday (not Friday as the article suggests). The 2013 video, however, does not show the rapper praising Lucifer—rather, the song itself, which was released in 2003, deals with death. In an interview with MTV News, Jay-Z said, “A song like ‘Lucifer,’ it’s really about the struggle and really about dealing with death and having that feeling. The evil is inside of you, not this mythical character with pitchforks and things like that. Dealing with a feeling of wanting revenge.”
Put simply, Jay-Z never made any comments—backstage or in front of a crowd—related to Satanic worship. The quotes are completely fake.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:Social Media Shares Fake Story about Jay-Z Praising Satan During Backstage Tirade
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