Hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco was involved in an incident befitting his nickname while performing at an event celebrating President Obama’s inauguration. Fiasco was performing his 2011 song “Words I Never Said,” when his microphone was cut off after he launched into an anti-Obama rant according to The Daily Mail.
Fiasco reportedly rapped things like: “I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bull***t, just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets. Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say s**t. That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either, I'm a part of the problem, my problem is I'm peaceful and I believe in the people.”
Security personnel surrounded Fiasco and advised him to move on to the next song. After he refused, he was escorted from the stage while the crowd shouted his name.
Fiasco was performing at an event called StartUp Rockon which was sponsored by three companies, EventFarm, Fighter Interactive and Hypervocal. Hypervocal released a statement denying that Fiasco was booted.
“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.”
Whatever the reasons for Fiasco’s early exit from the stage, it is no surprise that people believe he was being critical of President Obama. It is not the first time the rapper, whose father was a member of the Black Panthers, has expressed his displeasure with this administration's policies.
During an interview with Philadelphia radio station Power 99FM, Fiasco reportedly said “You have someone who is a great speaker, but kills little children - our President. I’m talking about ordering a drone attack. Ordering drone attacks that go and kill mothers, innocent bystanders, children. Militants too, but the collateral damage. You're responsible for that, too.”