Source: NowThisNews.com
Lupe Fiasco on stage during the controversial performance. Source: NowThisNews.com

Rapper Lupe Fiasco Stirs Controversy with Anti-Obama Song at Pre-Inauguration Event

ICTMN Staff
1/21/13

Rapper Lupe Fiasco has become the talk of the Presidential Inauguration ceremonies with a controversial performance at last night's StartUp Rock On concert. It's the latest in a string of odd developments -- days earlier, he shut down his twitter feed and announced he was canceling the album he'd planned to release in 2013, the sequel to 2012's Food & Liquior II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1.

But Sunday night's performance was a different kind of strange -- at an event to celebrate President Obama's reelection, Fiasco broke into an anti-Obama rap that went on, according to accounts, over a half an hour. In it, according to a post at The Atlantic, Fiasco rapped, "Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist. Gaza strip was getting bombed. Obama didn't say sh*t. That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either."

Fiasco was escorted off the stage -- and the reason why is up for public debate. Some argue that organizers objected to the content of the song; the organizers themselves say it was simply not entertaining.  A statement released by StartUp Rock On reads, in part:

Lupe Fiasco performed at this private event, and as you may have read, he left the stage earlier than we had planned. But 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. Lupe Fiasco repeated the one song for more than 40 minutes.

To see a brief video taken at the concert, visit NowThisNews.com.

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WELL YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE THE TRASH OUT EVENTUALLY..........IT WAS NOT STOPPING FREE SPEECH........HE IS JUST TRASH......AND WHY DIDN'T THEY HAVE A LIST OF WHAT HE WAS GOING TO PLAY........THE TICKETS ARE NOT CHEAP....SO WHY HAVE SOME UNKNOWN TRASH......CHEAPEN THE PARTY WITH HIS FORTY MINUTE RANT.......I WOULD HAVE BEEN DEMANDING HE BE REMOVED AFTER ONE SECOND.......I WOULD MAKE SIMON COWELL LOOK LIKE AN AMATEUR......AND LUPE .....WOULD HAVE BEEN READ THE RIOT ACT PUBLICLY.........SOME PEOPLE JUST CAN'T BE TAKEN ANYWHERE.....THIS IS HARDLY NEWS WORTHY.......OTHER THAN THE TRASH IS NOW GOING TO SCREAM CENSORSHIP.....AND CLAIM TO BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN HE IS........I'VE NEVER HEARD OF HIM......AND MY MUSICAL TASTES ARE VERY BROAD AND DIVERSE........SO HE MUST BE NOBODY......UUUUUUGGGHHH.......PPPTTTOOOOEEYYY.........JUST SPIT HIM OUT......IN THE TOILET WHERE HE BELONGS............
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