The-Dream has weighed in on rap's obsession with the Illuminati, claiming if it did exist, long-rumoured members like Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna wouldn't be allowed to join.
According to the 'Umbrella' hitmaker, critics simply use Illuminati theories to take undermine the hard work successful artists put in.
Talking to The Life Files TV, The-Dream said: "Pretty funny, 'cause nobody really wants to give you credit for where you at."
The producer also insists black people would never be allowed the chance to join such a supposedly powerful organisation in the first place.
"It's a 'higher' power and they just happened to give it to the black people, yeah right. Whatever," the 34-year-old scoffed. "If there was an Illuminati, they wouldn't let black people in."
The long-time Rihanna collaborator recently defended her decision to duet with Chris Brown on the remixes to Birthday Cake and Turn Up the Music, saying 'it's just music'.