Lupe Fiasco was removed from the stage at the StartUp RockOn concert in Washington D.C. after his comments about the POTUS.
Lupe Fiasco was asked to perform at the StartUp RockOn concert in Washington D.C., a show put on in celebration of Obama’s second term in office. It seemed like a good fit, Chicago rapper performs for the former Chicago community activist. Turns out Lupe had other ideas..
In a seeming act of protest towards the president, Lupe performed a consistent loop of his anti-war song “Words I Never Said” for a good 30 minutes before being politely asked to move on to the next track in the set list. When the rapper refused to stop his meandering anti-Obama rap, security asked him to leave the stage.
Hyper-vocal, one of the founders of the show, denied that the lyrical content was the fuel for Lupe’s booting. “This was not about his opinions,” stated Hyper-vocal. “Instead, after a bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied, organizers decided to move on to the next act.”
In hindsight, an outburst like this could have been predicted, as Lupe’s dissatisfaction with the President is well documented, such as in his controversial statement from an interview in 2011, “In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America.”