Was Lupe Fiasco Kicked Off Stage For His Anti-Obama Rant?
Lupe Fiasco took his bristling political rap to an inaugural ball event on Sunday (January 20) night and was booted from the stage.
Fiasco reportedly performed his anti-war hymn “Words I Never Said” for more than 30 minutes before concert organizers decided to pull the plug, according to Politico.
“Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist,” he rapped. “Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say [expletive]/ That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either/ I’m a part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful.”
In the video, the stage lights are pulled and Fiasco still attempts to rap. Security can be seen physically removing him. [Watch video here]
While this was an unofficial inauguration party designed to celebrate Barack Obama’s second term, concert organizers StartUp RockOn said Lupe’s silencing had nothing to do with his anti-Obama rap.
“Lupe Fiasco performed at this private event, and as you may have read, he left the stage earlier than we had planned,” StartUp RockOn said in a statement. “Lupe Fiasco was not ‘kicked off stage’ for an ‘anti-Obama rant. We are staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech. This was not about his opinions. Instead, after a bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied, organizers decided to move on to the next act.”
Despite the overwhelming support Obama enjoys within the hip-hop community, Lupe has been an outspoken adversary to the President’s policies. In September, he and D.L. Hughley engaged in a war of words after Lupe advocated not voting in the presidential election.
“He’s bright as hell, but dumb in the ways of the world,” Hughley told Hot 93.7/Hartford. “Young black men are going to listen to him. They are the ones who have decisions made for them, [decisions] that they are not even involved in, which is silly to me.”
On Thursday (January 17), the rapper abandoned his Twitter page, where many of his controversies began.
“The #LF twitter is now closed,” he tweeted. “Please follow @DJBusy + @SNDCLSH for daily updates. Thank You.”
— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) January 17, 2013
–Erik Parker, CBS Local