Enigmatic and outspoken, Lupe Fiasco has been lauded for his bold statements regarding hip hop and the world’s social ills over the course of his career. But after harshly criticizing President Barack Obama on CBS News’ “What’s Trending” show by referring to him as the “biggest terrorist,” Fiasco stood behind his sensational comments in a recent chat with Billboard on June 9– and the rapper even took to Twitter to continue his controversial stance.
Billboard’s “The Juice” caught up with Lupe in order to clarify the comments and the rapper showed the defiance he has long been noted for. “I've got nothing to clarify. It's Obama and the U.S. government," Lupe said. "Every president that came before him and every president that comes after him.”
Seemingly frustrated by the ire his comments apparently raised in the public sphere, Lupe added, “It's funky because everybody's pulling sound bites from this one interview that we did, but they don't talk about anything else from the interview," the “Kick, Push” rapper remarked. "So it's really about, 'What do people want to listen to?' It's not what I want to talk about, ‘cause I want to talk about all types of sh--.”
With those other “types” of things being his book club promoting literacy and his non-profit The Lupe Fiasco Foundation, the rapper has used his highly visible profile and heavy Twitter following to inject often scathing critique of U.S. politics, war and poverty and also to galvanize like minds who share his political views.
Just one day (June 9) after his words regarding Obama hit the airwaves, an anticipatory Fiasco tweeted, “And now the Morning Hate...Ready...Set....Go...” to his 650K-plus followers. The rapper then continued with a barrage of Tweets quoting known critics of American policy such as Malcolm X, Huey P Newton and Tupac Shakur.
Yesterday (June 10), Lupe continued to whip up the controversy and has shown little in the way of letup, especially in a tweet that read, “Damn right I'm out of line! Out of the line of the lost and the inactive. Out of the line of war and cowardice. U line up to be lied to. #FF” – which read as an obvious retort to his critics.
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