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Lupe Fiasco thrown off stage after going on anti-Obama rant at Inauguration event

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WASHINGTON (PIX11) – Usually when you’re invited to perform at an event linked to something prestigious like – I don’t know – the Presidential Inauguration, it’s probably a good idea not to diss the guest of honor.

It’s clear rapper Lupe Fiasco didn’t get the memo after he went on an anti-Obama rant during a performance at an inauguration weekend concert in Washington.


Video of the incident surfaced on the web and shows Lupe doing what he does best — spitting some rhymes and dropping some freestyle, but suddenly he decides to take it political

“Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist,” he rapped. “Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say (bleep). That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either.”

As the video shows, the verse quickly stunned the room – and organizers, prompting them to kill Lupe’s mic and eventually, the stage lights.


Lupe Fiasco (left) was escorted off the stage at an unofficial inauguration show this weekend after making disparaging remarks about President Barack Obama during his performance.

Moments later, a scuffle on stage unravels, appearing to show security attempting to escort Lupe off the stage. The rapper leaves without incident.

The event’s organizers released a statement debunking reports he was removed for his political views:

“Lupe Fiasco was not “kicked off stage” for an “anti-Obama rant,'” the statement from StartUp RockOn read. “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.”

Some members in the audience even took to Twitter, vouching for the organizers’ claim saying that the rapper stuck to the same anti-Obama song for a grueling 30 minutes and refused to move on to the next track.

Lupe, who has criticized President Obama in the past — at one point, even calling him a “terrorist” — did not release a statement on the incident.



    • jay

      I think they're saying he deviated from the normal format to go out of his way to repeatedly say his Obama bashing lines. Which would be freestyle in the way that they mean.

      Hey Lupe, stop actin so F'kn naive… like Obama is gonna change the way the world has worked for 1000's of years. Give the man a break. You're smart, articulate, more than capable, and your city Chi-town is at war and I dont see you making ur voice heard on that! Or giving away ur millions to help a cause. Go take a trip to Africa to figure out a way to get water to Africans like JAY-Z did. Maybe you'll come back a different person. Hypocrite.

      • dkdk

        The whole attitude that "___ is going to change the way the world has worked" is terrible. Wishing someone in the government would even want to put an end to the cycle of pointless poverty, violence, and war is not a high standard.

  • Marelne

    There was a few people that didn't salute Hitler either! Nice to know there were a few Americans at the Hostile take over of this country!

  • robert

    Where was Lupe at when Geoge Bush was running this country into the ground and starting trillion dollar wars based on obvious lies

  • Kenna

    Lol fail… who would invite Lupe Fiasco to a political event? He is very outspoken about his discontent with the political system. Nice try guys! Actually listen to the artist you get to perform. haha!

  • Kaleb

    Lol @ DAN… he took to the stage amongst however many people he was performing for and stated HIS very unpopular opinions. Doesn't sound like a punk to me… What sound like a punk to me is doing EVERYTHING you are told without question… We ain't scared, we outspoken slaves… Dan you remind me of Samuel L Jackson from DJANGO.. "Why is dat Nigga on Dat Horse, Sir?" Lol… And you don't have to be black to be the house nigga… The government is running away with this country in yo face, BITCHES! AND u STILL vote and show them that you believe in them. You show us what a punk ain't and take Me, Lupe, and other people like us out… PUNK! Oh… So that I make it clear that I am no punk…; Kaleb Wright on Facebook find me, WE HERE!!!

    • common sense

      You're fuckin lame. We outspoken Slaves??? Take your meds. And if you wanna prove "YOU HERE!!!" (dumbass) Put your phone # or address on your post, PUNK Ass Internet tough guy.

      Now go take your medicine.

  • Neveah

    -I dont care if it was part of his song, if he doesn't like Obama then why did he even bother to say yes to the proposal? to try to have some attention? we'll not only did he get kicked off the stage but I bet you, he won't be as respected as he was before. All I have to say is, if he wants attention that bad, go somewhere else to get it.

  • Cassandra

    This began in the Garden of Eden when Satan tempted Eve: “You shall be like God. Your pet can use it to sharpen her claws without destroying your furniture. It provides aerobic exercise and is a form of physical therapy.

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