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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:37 PM

Rapper has set cut short at inaugural event following anti-Obama rant


Here’s what happens in America under Obama when a musician exercises their First Amendment rights; they get surrounded by men in black suits and kicked off the stage.

Grammy-nominated rapper Lupe Fiasco was performing at a pre-inauguration concert Sunday night in Washington DC, when his set was cut mid-way through following the use of negative lyrics directed toward the president.

Performing his single ‘Words I Never Said’, the Chicago artist launched into the following verse, shortly before being surrounded by security guards:
“I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bulls*** Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets. How much money does it take to really make a full clip? 9/11, Building 7, did they really pull it?”

“…Rush 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.”

When the rapper extended and continued to play the anti-war themed song, the microphones were cut and the lights shut off. Then security personnel jumped on the stage and asked Fiasco to leave.

The event organisers denied that the political nature of the performance was the reason for the intervention, stating “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.”

However, those in attendance at the StartUp RockOn concert were in no doubt as to why Fiasco had been shown the exit.

“Lupe Fiasco just got thrown off stage here at the Hamilton Live after he went on an anti-Obama diatribe mid set.” tweetedJosh Rogin, a reporter with Foreign Policy magazine.

“So Lupe played one anti-war song for 30 min and said he didn’t vote for Obama,” Rogin added, ”and eventually was told to move on to the next song…Lupe refused to move to the next song so a team of security guards came on stage and told him to go.”

Other attendees concurred: “Things going terribly wrong at @lupefiasco performance during#SURO. Kicked off stage, bashing obama…” tweeted Matt Dornic, a CNN Worldwide PR director.
“#SURO slammed by @lupefiasco’s nonstop, anti-obama rap. Corporate sponsors scurrying.” Dornic added.

Fiasco, whose father was a prominent member of the Black Panther Party, was a known risky booking for the event organisers, given his past criticisms directed toward Obama.
Last year the rapper hit headlines with an anti-drone tirade, openly calling the president a child murderer:

“You have someone who is a great speaker, but kills little children – our President,” he said during an interview with Philadelphia radio station Power 99FM. “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.”

In a CBS interviewin 2011, Fiasco also called the president a terrorist. “My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama and the United States of America. I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism.” he told reporters.

“You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists.” he added at the time.

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Lupe Fiasco: What did they expect?

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As you will have heard, rapper Lupe Fiasco got kicked off the stage last night at one of the endless rounds of tedious pre-inaugural events that have clustered around today’s second Obama inauguration like barnacles.

He was in the middle (or perhaps near the end, or maybe the beginning; we can only speculate) of an extended jam in which he was saying various disrespectful things about Barack Obama, when a bunch of really big guys came onto the stage and encouraged him to take it somewhere else.

When reading the statement from the organizers of the event, who protest that they “are staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech,” it’s worth noting that Fiasco was the evening’s headliner and that his name was the largest design element in posters advertising the party. A lot of people attending it would not have known or cared that they were “honouring innovative visionaries;” they thought they were at a Lupe Fiasco concert. Which helps explain why it’s really hard to hear anyone “vocally dissatisfied” in the video of the “bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance.”

Note to angel investors wondering where to put your innovation money in the greater D.C. area: I hear Startup Rockon is made up of people who were surprised to learn that hip-hop can be bizarrely repetitive and jarring. So, you know, caveat emptor.

Also, their story seems to have changed. The first thing they said on Twitter about the — disturbance? Entirely characteristic Lupe Fiasco performance? Pick your own term — was that they were “disappointed that an artist took opportunity to use an event celebrating innovation/startups to make a political statement.” It took an hour and nine minutes for them to decide he was “NOT kicked off stage for an anti-Obama rant.”

I have no rebuttal to the second and apparently final critique that Startup Rockon — not sure I got the capitalization right there, perhaps it’s StartUp RocKOn or StArTuProckoN — levelled against their star. If they had hoped for some of that soothing non-repetitive rap, we can only sympathize with their disappointment. But if somehow their first explanation was accurate, and they were “disappointed that an artist…[made] a political statement” then it is time to find the people responsible and send work crews to extract their heads from their butts. Because Lupe Fiasco’s last couple of years have largely been devoted to making unflattering political statements about Barack Obama.

I should note that I speak here, not from an intimate knowledge of current hip-hop trends — I’m 20 years past any expertise I ever had in the field — but with the benefit of six minutes’ Googling, which apparently makes me overqualified to work for the concert-promotion wing of startuproCkON and its many affiliates.

Anyway, it turns out that in 2011 Fiasco released a bizarrely repetitive and jarring tune called “Words I Never Said,” feat. Skylar Grey. It’s a really good song, and I recommend a reading of its lyrics, whose blend of 9/11 trutherism (“9/11 building 7 did they really pull it”), media criticism (Dude is dating so and so blabbering bout such and such/ And that ain’t Jersey Shore, homie that’s the news/ And these the same people that supposed to be telling us the truth”) and sometimes surprising political statements (Jihad is not a holy war, wheres that in the worship?/ Murdering is not Islam!/ And you are not observant/ And you are not a Muslim”) is part of a rich tradition of paranoid American political expression in popular culture going back many presidents. I think Charlie Mingus would have gotten a kick out of “Words I Never Said.” I sure did.

When the big guys came onstage last night to escort Fiasco off, he was not improvising some new diatribe, he was performing the lyrics of Words I Never Said, as written: “Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist/ Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say crap/ That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either.” There’s a headliner for your next inaugural party.

So then Fiasco gave an interview about the song in which he called Obama “the biggest terrorist,” and then Bill O’Reilly had him on to fill several minutes on his moribund show, and so on, and so on, and so on.

I should note that, as with “Words I Never Said,” there is much worth pondering in Fiasco’s interview diatribes. “I’m talking about ordering a drone attack,” he said in the last interview I just linked. “Ordering drone attacks that go and kill mothers, innocent bystanders, children. Militants, too, but the collateral damage. You’re responsible for that, too… ”Drug dealers can say the same thing. ‘I didn’t mean to kill all the people in the restaurant. I was just trying to get that one dude who killed my cousin. Just so happened that that little girl was there.’ Same thing.”

That’s not far from the jarring and repetitive analyses that have begun to pop up in demure journals like The New Yorker. Maybe an inauguration-eve party wasn’t the right venue for Lupe Fiasco, but from a standing start I have wound up much more interested in what he’ll do next than I am in the strained and pathetic promotion attempts of StartUpRockoN.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:42 PM

Never heard of the guy, Luke Fiasco.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:43 PM

I was hoping to see video of him actually being "kicked" .. disappointed!!!
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

I was hoping to see video of him actually being "kicked" .. disappointed!!!


Me too. Methinks this 'performer' has shoved too much stuff up his nose or in his veins or maybe he really is just this stupid. Just because you have the 'right' of free speech doesn't mean it's appropriate or even polite to spew your crap at an inauguration concert.

On the other hand, what were the people who booked him thinking????? If there's even a remote possibility that this could happen, you DON'T book the act. But now Lupe Fiasco will get his 15 minutes of fame for being nothing more than an ass........though I'm sure the Free-Speech-At-Any-Cost folk are defending his right to insult and disrespect the POTUS and his family during an inauguration celebration.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:03 PM

Creating controversy in order to sell albums?

I'm all for free speech, but show some respect. Obama invites you to perform on his innaguaration day and you diss him?

Whatever. Overrated rapper is overrated. Stick to rhyming.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

Why would they book an openly anti-establishment performer?
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:22 PM

He rapped the same verse for 30 minutes, was asked to change songs, refused, and was promptly kicked out. Anyone singing any lyric would've been kicked out too in that situation. 'Alright, this sucks. Goodbye.'

Half an hour is extremely long for a singer to sing the same bloody verse, btw. What i don't get is why, as a rapper, he couldn't at least drop some freestyle anti-Obama rhymes during that half-hour? Not bored enough with himself? Or maybe the computer doing the rapping for him broke. Either way, Booooo!

Oh but i'm sure Lupe's concern for Gaza strip is legit and heartfelt. 'He gives a crap, but he ain't found it on no map?'

Grammy-nominated... I remember when that actually meant something. Actually, no i don't.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:29 PM

Would any of you be mad if it was some country singer bashing George W?
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:32 PM

Would any of you be mad if it was some country singer bashing George W?


Yes, I would. In the same circumstances, you bet. See my first post in this thread. It doesn't matter who it is, it's inappropriate, disrespectful and they would deserve removal from the stage.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:37 PM

Would any of you be mad if it was some country singer bashing George W?

Like say the Dixie Chicks???

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

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I was hoping to see video of him actually being "kicked" .. disappointed!!!


Me too. Methinks this 'performer' has shoved too much stuff up his nose or in his veins or maybe he really is just this stupid. Just because you have the 'right' of free speech doesn't mean it's appropriate or even polite to spew your crap at an inauguration concert.

On the other hand, what were the people who booked him thinking????? If there's even a remote possibility that this could happen, you DON'T book the act. But now Lupe Fiasco will get his 15 minutes of fame for being nothing more than an ass........though I'm sure the Free-Speech-At-Any-Cost folk are defending his right to insult and disrespect the POTUS and his family during an inauguration celebration.


Why is it so disappointing that he wasn't kicked? Because of his views? Or because of a subjectively poor performance? Or is it because he refused to misrepresent himself? And to allude he's a drug user (as if it would indicate anything in itself, presumably a low level of intelligence)? I wonder where that came from.

The whole fault lies with those who booked him. His music and views promote anti establishment, you don't expect someone to feign respect for power they see as corrupt and terrorist. Someone who considers Obama a terrorist should not be expected to promote Obama, no matter the circumstances.

This has nothing to do with free speech at any cost, and everything to do with right artist for the right audience.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:40 PM

Would any of you be mad if it was some country singer bashing George W?

Y'mean like the Dixie Chicks?

Don't think their career ever recovered from them bashing the President, but i don't follow country.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

Colbert did it better: http://politicalhumo...colbertbush.htm


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:51 PM

Colbert did it better: http://politicalhumo...colbertbush.htm

The context and setting is quite different.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:02 PM

not even the best example of a rapper raging against authority.


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:03 PM

The context and setting is quite different.


Exactly......apples and orangutans. :P
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

Exactly......apples and orangutans. :P

An excellent saying that applies perfectly.

May I use it in future? :)
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

Why is it so disappointing that he wasn't kicked? Because of his views? Or because of a subjectively poor performance? Or is it because he refused to misrepresent himself? And to allude he's a drug user (as if it would indicate anything in itself, presumably a low level of intelligence)? I wonder where that came from.

The whole fault lies with those who booked him. His music and views promote anti establishment, you don't expect someone to feign respect for power they see as corrupt and terrorist. Someone who considers Obama a terrorist should not be expected to promote Obama, no matter the circumstances.

This has nothing to do with free speech at any cost, and everything to do with right artist for the right audience.


I shall henceforth issue sarcasm alerts .. *sarcasm alert* ..as Bob Dylan says .."it takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry" .. :wacko:
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:12 PM

Why is it so disappointing that he wasn't kicked? Because of his views? Or because of a subjectively poor performance? Or is it because he refused to misrepresent himself? And to allude he's a drug user (as if it would indicate anything in itself, presumably a low level of intelligence)? I wonder where that came from.

The whole fault lies with those who booked him. His music and views promote anti establishment, you don't expect someone to feign respect for power they see as corrupt and terrorist. Someone who considers Obama a terrorist should not be expected to promote Obama, no matter the circumstances.

This has nothing to do with free speech at any cost, and everything to do with right artist for the right audience.


This.

It's not like he premiered a new song. "Words I've Never Said" has been out for a few years now. It's the organizers fault for not doing their homework.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:20 PM

Strangley, I have no problem with this from either perspective.

Someone should be fired though.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:23 PM

I shall henceforth issue sarcasm alerts .. *sarcasm alert* ..as Bob Dylan says .."it takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry" .. :wacko:


I guess that makes 1/2 for sarcasm. BB's post was anything but. Apologies for missing the sarcasm.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:26 PM

Would any of you be mad if it was some country singer bashing George W?

No, they wouldn't be.

I loved seeing Bush's motorcade pelted with **** during his inaugural, wish people had the balls to do the same for Obama's. You bet they don't like dissent, but I do.

Anyways, not gonna bother with OP's link, already saw this on another forum linking to the National Post, so I know it's true, I just don't want to hear Alex Jones' tweaked out conspiracy crap that I've heard a thousand times already.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:27 PM

I guess that makes 1/2 for sarcasm. BB's post was anything but. Apologies for missing the sarcasm.


Too bad you missed the part where it was the sarcasm I agreed with.....appreciated. It kinda loses something when you actually have explain it. :picard:

The sentiments of the rest of my post stands exactly as written, thanks.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

No, they wouldn't be


Love how some people are mind readers. I've already responded to this, and not in the manner the user above seems to think those of us agreeing with the removal of Lupe Fiasco should. Folks need to be careful with generalizations like that, it makes them appear quite foolish.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:32 PM

Too bad you missed the part where it was the sarcasm I agreed with.....appreciated. It kinda loses something when you actually have explain it. :picard:

The sentiments of the rest of my post stands exactly as written, thanks.


Wow, okay, sorry.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:36 PM

I guess that makes 1/2 for sarcasm. BB's post was anything but. Apologies for missing the sarcasm.


Never a problem .. free speech is one thing, but how one exercises that God given "right", is open to question .. me thinks Senor Fiasco is either not the "brightest penny in the roll" or he is a self promoting tool .. plus, his stage name, "Fiasco", makes him a prime candidate for a real good arse kicking where I come from .. B)
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

Never a problem .. free speech is one thing, but how one exercises that God given "right", is open to question .. me thinks Senor Fiasco is either not the "brightest penny in the roll" or he is a self promoting tool .. plus, his stage name, "Fiasco", makes him a prime candidate for a real good arse kickingwhere I come from .. B)


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:49 PM

Never a problem .. free speech is one thing, but how one exercises that God given "right", is open to question .. me thinks Senor Fiasco is either not the "brightest penny in the roll" or he is a self promoting tool .. plus, his stage name, "Fiasco", makes him a prime candidate for a real good arse kicking where I come from .. B)


Again, this is an issue of right artist for right audience/occasion. Fiasco is far from an idiot, and his music speaks to a lot of people who actually take the time to listen.

Tell me you strongly disagree with him,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIQUByiRLGc
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:55 PM

Again, this is an issue of right artist for right audience/occasion. Fiasco is far from an idiot, and his music speaks to a lot of people who actually take the time to listen.

Tell me you strongly disagree with him,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIQUByiRLGc

He criticises messiah King Obama III, therefore, inherently wrong.

Actually, I agree with just about everything the guy said. O'Reilly is a moron and a War on Terror lackey.

Did they believe because the guy is black he's automatically an Obama sycophant?

Edited by zaibatsu, 21 January 2013 - 04:57 PM.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

Again, this is an issue of right artist for right audience/occasion. Fiasco is far from an idiot, and his music speaks to a lot of people who actually take the time to listen.

Tell me you strongly disagree with him,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIQUByiRLGc


Every clock is right twice a day apparently .. I do not disagree with everything he says .. and he has every right to say it .. I just question his timing .. sort of like mocking the Apache with a rain dance when you are on their Reservation, or yelling ni**er while walking down a street in Harlem .. self serving "artists" are a dime a dozen .. I consider Obama and the Dems the better of two bad choices ..
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