For years there has been speculation that rapper Trippie Redd may have been pretending to be a satanist - for clout.

But last week, the rapper confirmed what has long been speculating - that he is a follower of Satan.

The rapper explained some of the unusual philosophy of being a Satanist to his interviewer.

Trippie, who has the numbers 666 tattooed on his eyelids explained, "There are 6 protons, 6 neutrons, and 6 electrons. It's you. Everybody on the earth is made up of these components." 

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According to Wikipedia, satanism is a group of ideological and philosophical beliefs based on Satan. For centuries Satanism and its followers hid from sight.

But in 1966 that all changed. The Church of Satan was established at the Black House in San Francisco, California, on Walpurgisnacht, April 30, 1966, by Anton Szandor LaVey, who was the Church's High Priest until his death in 1997. 

The church is stronger than ever now, boasting more than a million practicing members.

According to a Rolling Stone article from last year, "There is a argument that could be made that Trippie Redd has lost a step. It’s not a particularly well-reasoned one, but plenty have tried to make the case. “There is no time where I feel like I will fall off,” Redd told Rolling Stone last November, unintentionally predicting the swell of hate that would come his way. “I feel like I will always last. I will always do something new.”

Despite a growing contingent of Rap Twitter detractors, critics and armchair A&Rs who have soured on the Canton rapper, Trippie Redd is continuing to survive in a landscape that could just have easily consigned him to a role as an also-ran with a brief run of success. His successes are quiet, the wins small, but they’re there. His debut album, Life’s A Trip, sold 72,000 album equivalent units in August and netted him a platinum plaque for “Dark Knight Dummo,” his destructive hit with Travis Scott. He weathered a bad (albeit successful) Diplo song, managed to compete with Young Thug (a frequent feature killer) on his debut, and has turned in enough solid features to make him a considerable threat. Redd is now making some of the best music of his career, even if it isn’t necessarily the type that first broke him through the scene.