By Rob Markman
Lupe Fiasco’s strange relationship with the Obama administration got even more strange on Sunday night when the Chicago MC got booted from the StartUp RockOn concert in Washington, D.C., the night before Barack Obama would be inaugurated from his second term as the U.S. president.
Given Lupe’s critical views during Obama’s first term, it wasn’t very hard to predict that having him perform at a even at an unofficial pre-inauguration party wasn’t going to go over well.
To be fair, Lupe has longed questioned U.S. foreign policy even before Obama took office and he didn’t make any exceptions for the country’s first African-American president. On his 2011 single “Words I Never Said” Lu addressed his skepticism spitting, “Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say sh–.” Then he took things a step further when he likened the President to a terrorist during a CBS interview. “In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama, in the United States of America,” he said bluntly.
Lu then stated that he wouldn’t be voting in the 2012 presidential race, a stance which he was often criticized for, but never wavered on.
The fact is Fiasco is noted for his rap success as much as he is for his outspokenness, and Sunday’s concert was no different. Last night Lu reportedly spent over 40 minutes performing “Words I Never Said” before the stage lights were turned off and security went to usher the rapper off stage. Event organizer’s issued a statement on Monday (January 21) saying that Lupe’s anti-Obama lyrics weren’t the reason he was brushed off stage, but the fact that he repeated the one song over and over again. “We are staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech. This was not about his opinions,” the statement read.
Either way, just seemed like a bad idea overall.
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