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True To His Name: Lupe Fiasco Thrown Off Stage At Inaugural Concert

True To His Name: Lupe Fiasco Thrown Off Stage At Inaugural Concert


Lupe Fiasco reportedly created a bit of a row on Sunday by insulting President Obama during an inaugural event.

Although Fiasco was booked as the headliner for the StartUp RockOn concert in celebration of Obama’s reelection, the 30-year-old Chicago rapper apparently had no plans to cheer the current administration. Instead, after taking the stage at The Hamilton in Washington, he reportedly announced that he didn’t vote for the president in the 2012 election and spent more than 30 minutes performing an anti-war song.

Josh Rogin, staff writer for The Cable, described the encounter:

Josh Rogin@joshroginJosh Rogin

So Lupe played one anti-war song for 30 min and said he didn’t vote for Obama and eventually was told to move on to the next song.


Josh Rogin@joshroginJosh Rogin

Lupe refused to move to the next song so a team of security guards came on stage and told him to go.


Matt Dornic, senior director of public relations for CNN, also posted a tweet describing the concert’s unexpected turn of events:

Matt Dornic @mdornicMatt Dornic

Things going terribly wrong at @lupefiasco performance during #SURO. Kicked off stage, bashing obama.


Kelli Jo, a new media training manager at the New Organizing Institute, posted a picture of the show’s abrupt ending:

Kelli jo@Kelli_jo_Kelli jo

In which Lupe Fiasco gets removed from stage for bashing Obama #suro #getyourlifetogether http://t.co/wyudQG56


This is not the first time the Grammy-nominated artist has criticized the president. Last summer, while doing press for his album “Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1,” he described Obama as a child-killer, Complex magazine reported.

“I’m talking about ordering a drone attack,” Fiasco said. “Ordering drone attacks that go and kill mothers, innocent bystanders, children. Militants too, but the collateral damage. You’re responsible for that, too.”

Hypervocal, which co-founded StartUp RockOn with EventFarm and Fighter Interactive, later released an official statement about this incident, saying Fiasco was not kicked off stage for his anti-Obama rant.

“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.”



by Jade Walker



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