Lupe Fiasco

Kick, Push rapper Lupe Fiasco was kicked off stage in DC during an inaugural party. According to Politico, Liasco dedicated his 30 minute set to the song “Words I Never Said.”

During this set, he repeated the lyrics, “Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist/ Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit/ That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either.” After being told to move on to the next song, he refused and then was escorted from the stage.

In a statement, StartUp RockOn, the organization sponsoring the event, said that they did not kick Fiasco off the stage for any anti-Obama sentiments. “We are staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech. This was not about his opinions,” they wrote. “Instead, after a bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied, organizers decided to move on to the next act.”

Fiasco is more infamous for his anti-government and anti-Obama rhetoric  than his own music. Last year, Fiasco referred to President Obama as the biggest terrorist in the United States.

To me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America. I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s causing the other forms of terrorism. You know the root cause of terrorists is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists.

In that same interview, he went on to say why he didn’t plan on voting during the 2012 election:

I don’t get involved in politics. It’s meaningless. If I’m going to say I stand behind this person and write on a piece of paper that says, ‘Yeah, I stand for this person,’ then I have to take responsibility for everything he does cause that’s just who I am as a human being. So politicians aren’t going to do that because I don’t want you to bomb some village in the middle of nowhere.

For a person who doesn’t get involved in politics, he definitely talks a lot about it.

  • Kacey

    There’s a time and place for everything…and that wasn’t it!

    I also question the judgment of the organizers of this event. If he was known to be an open critic of Obama, why was he even invited? I can understand why he agreed to it because it gave him the perfect platform to air his discontent. He’s obviously a loose cannon but the party organizers still wanted to take the chance? Doesn’t make sense.

  • mypointiz…

    How about Lupe go after the Limbaughs and Becks, since he’s so d@mn fired up. Go to their location and do the same! I doubt he’ll utter a peep about FOX News in their midst.

    And who thought it was a good idea to book him at the inauguration?

  • DownSouth Transplant

    I am in agreement with everything he said however, 1) it was not the place time or manner to say it. 2) You don’t come as guest to a city, house, town or home-turf & trash talk the person of the hour, that is just rude & disrespectful if not lack of manners SMH. Now all that will be remembered is the fool who got himself kicked out of a “non official” inauguration show and his message is lost!!

  • jessib

    that is what I want to know. It isn’t new that Lupe doesn’t care for the president, so who is the idiot that invited him? the only reason he accepted the invite was so that he could do this. I’m not a pres o fan myself, but that wasn’t the time or place.

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    Agreed. WTF were the organizers thinking for inviting Lupe Fiasco to the event w/o doing their research? And why would Lupe attend the event knowing he dislikes Obama? It’s not like he’s hard up for the cash.

  • dirtychai

    He’s been on O’Reilly before talking the same stuff.

  • dee

    Why was he even on the stage? if you listen to his music or even his interviews you’d know he doesn’t care much for President Obama.

  • Echo

    But…if he “doesn’t get involved in politics” because “it’s meaningless,” then what’s the point of all this? I take serious issue with people who talk a bunch of junk about their displeasure with the president (Obama or otherwise) but then turn around and acknowledge that they don’t participate in the political process. It’s not just about voting–which every American has the right to do or not do. But for someone with a platform and an audience and a stage–literally–he has the opportunity to express his opinions and either do so in an engaging, intelligent manner or do so like an idiot. And if he doesn’t involve himself in politics, as he said he does not, why do this? I’m confused.

  • mypointiz…

    That’s the problem…he’s all talk. Must be a really slow day at the studios.

  • Ayo

    Oh please. This kind of direct action is totally common. None of y’all step with this ‘there’s a time and place’ weak sauce when folks are disrupting things you don’t agree with.

  • mikey kun

    I disagree it’s not about wheather he’s disrupting things we agree with or not ( Because not everybody who comments on this site is a fan of Mr.Obama). As it has already been stated there is a way of getting your message out there, without being rude.

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    Clearly, Lupe talks from both sides of his mouth.

  • EBaby

    I’d like to know why the organizers thought it was a good idea to get Lupe for this event. He has never been shy about his dislike for the president

  • mikey kun

    (don’t know how this comment got here but this was a reply to Ayo’s comment above)

  • luverly

    He is entitled to his opinion and he makes some good points sometimes but that wasn’t the place nor the time.

  • kc

    I don’t fault Lupe here. This is similar to Colbert’s performance at George Bush’s White House Correspondence Dinner.

  • binks

    Because doing this keeps him relevant…let’s be honest. You hear more about Lupe’s “nonpolitical” beliefs now than you do his music. He has the freedom to say what he wants but I agree with Kacey who was the organizer that gave him this gig?

  • Anthony

    I respect Lupe Fiasco’s politics and whoever invited him to an inauguration concert was clueless. The man is a strong Muslim and he is critical of President Obama’s military policy in the Muslim world. The irony is that Fiasco would be flogged if the Taliban or Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib (Mali) got their hands on him.

  • myblackfriendsays

    “Fiasco is more infamous for his anti-government and anti-Obama rhetoric than his own music”

    I disagree with this, and I think many younger and hipper than me would disagree too.

    Let the thumbing down commence.

  • http://clutchmagazine blcknnblvuu

    I think thAT clown should his parade straight to the middle east.

  • http://clutchmagazine blcknnblvuu

    I think that clown should take his parade straight to the middle east.

  • mypointiz…

    How about he stop talkin’ mess and Kick, Push his way to taking action? Hiding behind a mic and his DGAF personnae solves nothing.

    As another commenter posted, he’s talking outta both sides of his mouth trying to stay relevant somehow.

  • laneé

    Lupe was genius for this, loved it. Whoever booked the event should have known better, why would you book Lupe for an inaugural event when he is so against the government? They should have done their research. He was smart because he went and collected a check to protest the government through his music, why wouldn’t he?

    And to say he’s know more for his anti-Obama comments than his music is a shame. It goes to show the quality of music that runs our culture. Lupe is not mainstream but he is one of the best, please listen to both Food & Liquor albums and you will see how conscious and smart he is. It’s not just about money, cars and bitches. He understands the world and how blind we are to whats going on in it. But the majority of us choose to remain ignorant and support crap music by crap artist. We need to rise above the ignorance.

    And yes. I am a Lupe stan.

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