While many A-listers who have descended on Washington D.C. over the last few days are celebrating President Obama, one rapper, Lupe Fiasco, decided to use the occasion to once again criticize Obama and the government.
When the rapper took the stage during Sunday's StartUp RockOn concert at the Hamilton Live in Washington, he performed his 2011 track "Words I Never Said," but its controversial message may have led to an early ejection from the show for the opinionated rapper.
He reportedly spent more than 30 minutes performing the anti-war track. In footage posted on the Huffington Post, the rapper was videotaped rhyming lines like, "And these the same people supposedly telling us the truth/ Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn beck is a racist, Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say sh--/ That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either/ I'm part of the problem, my problem is I'm peaceful."
As he was jamming out, the lights were turned out on him but the band continued to play. Then, a security guard came onstage and attempted to escort the rapper offstage while a camera guy got in the mix, trying to film the encounter. Eventually Lupe and his team walked off the stage, with the crowd shouting his name as he waved to the room one last time.
Several media members were in the audience and tweeted about the event, noting that Lupe was thrown out for expressing his opinion during the gig. However, after the incident, HyperVocal, which co-founded the event, released an official statement, noting that Fiasco wasn't thrown out of the show for his opinions but rather for how he was performing.
The statement, reads, "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."
In a September 2012 interview with MTV News, Fiasco explained his stance on the U.S. government. "What is being an American? What is being patriotic? Do you sweep that under the rug or do you try and help your fellow American?" he said. "Do you help them by bringing that situation to the forefront and letting people see it?
"I know I get hit for it, but I'm gonna hit y'all back. Now you gotta tell me: What's America? Is it just New York, is it just Chicago? Is it just the beautiful things?" he asked.
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