1:31 am - 01/21/2013

Lupe Fiasco Removed from Stage After Anti-Obama Comments

He's made controversial comments about President Obama before, and tonight, the controversy continued as Lupe Fiasco was removed from the stage during his performance at Hamilton Live in Washington D.C. Booked to perform in celebration of Obama's reelection, Lupe apparently performed an anti-war song, said that he did not vote for President Obama in November's election, then was asked to leave after refusing to move on to the next song after 30 minutes.

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jalie89 21st-Jan-2013 07:34 am (UTC)
Here's a statement form the organizers of the event:

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. 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.

ponpiri 21st-Jan-2013 07:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll add it.
alienclit 21st-Jan-2013 12:21 pm (UTC)
word. I would've kicked him off too. Aint no body got time for that.gif.
xevochic More brilliant music21st-Jan-2013 07:51 am (UTC)

breakitout_x Re: More brilliant music21st-Jan-2013 08:14 am (UTC)
Ughhh Put You On Game is just incredible. My personal favorite of his is Streets On Fire. <3
xevochic Re: More brilliant music21st-Jan-2013 08:18 am (UTC)

"I hope your bullet holes become mouths to say my name."
I just can't deal with how amazing his music used to be to me.

IA that Streets On Fire is amazing too.
dannyupshaw Re: More brilliant music21st-Jan-2013 09:27 am (UTC)
cageyb 21st-Jan-2013 08:03 am (UTC)
He didn't want to move on to the next song because he traded in making good music for preaching, patronizing and whining. His last two albums were shit. He needs this kind of attention because no one is here for him musically anymore.

Also dude is a fan of criticizing others but isn't receptive in the slightest to any criticism of his methods and responds with tantrums when you question. When that writer for Spin rightly called his song preachy mansplaining, his response was to try to get his fans to boycott the publication, because Lupe is above reproach.

The only people who really fuck with his music now from what I've seen are hipsters who usually start of conversation where the praise Lupe with "I don't usually like rap, but..."

Edited at 2013-01-21 08:09 am (UTC)
oceanhue 21st-Jan-2013 08:26 am (UTC)
Dis Negro gets on my damn nerves
violet_crumble9 21st-Jan-2013 08:36 am (UTC)
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fabouluz 21st-Jan-2013 08:53 am (UTC)
Why hire him to sing for Obama when he is very vocally against Obama??
scullies 21st-Jan-2013 09:02 am (UTC)
I hope that he's doing okay. I wonder if video of the event will leak.

I'm surprised that they booked him at all, but I'm kind of glad he stayed consistent with himself, even if it ended up coming off ~crazy.
clarelove 21st-Jan-2013 09:13 am (UTC)
lol at someone who hates the administration being a "signed" artist.

licorrice 21st-Jan-2013 09:20 am (UTC)
he's such an embarrassment.
dannyupshaw 21st-Jan-2013 09:26 am (UTC)
landed_gently 21st-Jan-2013 01:00 pm (UTC)
LOL at Julio Bashmore kicking in as Lupe gets kicked out. I feel for Lupe tho :(
tiddlywinks103 21st-Jan-2013 09:27 am (UTC)
I think he was chosen probably DUE to his Anti-Obama stance, to show that the Admin. was open to all people, even ones who have a vastly dissenting opinion about them. It just didn't work out, because Lupe has fallen off the wagon of sense, and is hellbent on scapegoating Obama for 150+ years of American foreign policy and it simply sounds contrarian and histrionic.

Also, he was on one song for 30min, and refused to move on, even when the audience became nhft.

I miss when he was sharp, witty and subversive.
aoyana 21st-Jan-2013 09:50 am (UTC)
It was a private event celebrating the inauguration. It doesn't seem to be one connected to the Obama campaign/admin - from googling, looks like it was hosted by an organization supporting startups.
tiddlywinks103 21st-Jan-2013 09:53 am (UTC)
Ahhhh, then nevermind my reasoning. Still miss old Lupe, tho. :(
ediesedgwick 21st-Jan-2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
I don't necesarily think that Obama coming under fire for foreign policy is making him a scapegoat. He definitely inherited a long history of terrorism, but he made decisions, like the drone strikes, that made it more severe. It's also that after being lied to by the administration in the 00s, and the economy crash just before getting into office, that most people are less trusting of government and expect more from Obama.

(ofc there is also a racism aspect to the criticism Obama gets but idt that applies to Lupe's complaints)
ponpiri 21st-Jan-2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
That's it. It was a bipartisan event. Lynyrd Skynyrd was there as well.
yoshiyuki_ly 21st-Jan-2013 09:38 am (UTC)
I'm going to watch Obama's inauguration speech in person :)
michelleantonia 21st-Jan-2013 09:58 am (UTC)
I don't get taking a shit on him because of his specific views. If he was dissing Bush, everyone would be cheering. Honestly, IDGAF what any celebrity thinks about politics, I fucking hate politics and trust no politician, let alone feel comfortable enough "supporting" one. And it's not like celebs' opinions are somehow more important than anyone else's, warranting this kind of coverage.

Regardless, going on for 30m is retarded when you're there to perform MUSIC. LOL @ the organizers not doing their homework before booking him.
prophecypro 21st-Jan-2013 10:37 am (UTC)
So its probably too late to write about this, since everyone moves to the next post but from what I've read he got removed for performing Words I Never Say on a loop at a concert celebrating the inauguration but not directly connected with it...

In that respect, I see no problem with this and its on the organizer to have known about the artist in question. And really if performing that and commenting on it is considered anti-obama then people gotta be prepared to discuss the foreign policy. I think that dude tries to make a difference but he's virtually non-existent surronded by the people around him who make a greater push. And the drone issue is a lingering thing.

You can call Lupe pretenious and not being more smart in his approach to any kind of activism but then you could have that debate about entertainers in all fields and that's sort of been the appeal of them rightly or wrongly.
I do wish more rappers would adjust to the cynicsm and savvy of people online who critize their political/social beliefs but that's not Hip-Hop. NWA and Public Enemy would probably been scrutinzed and put under a microscope backed with counter-facts (not all facts tho) for their music back in the day. But we still rock with them for the rant.
Hopefully Lu is growing and finds a happy medium.
backincharge 21st-Jan-2013 11:17 am (UTC)
He hates Obama, yet he'll accept an invitation to perform at one of his events and try to get some attention.


He sounds like one of those paranoid assholes who thinks EVERYTHING is a conspiracy.
ediesedgwick 21st-Jan-2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, drones are a conspiracy made up so that Homeland could exist.
rainaweather 21st-Jan-2013 02:02 pm (UTC)
It's a shame that repeating even public and widely acknowledged information will get you labelled as a crazy conspiracy theorist.
desienfree 21st-Jan-2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
chantemarissa 21st-Jan-2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
ponpiri 21st-Jan-2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
lmao damn
backincharge 21st-Jan-2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
I never said drones were a conspiracy though, there's factual proof of that. So you completely missed the point.

Most conspiracy theories are based on assumption or small, unconfirmed tidbits, not fact.
mylittlerants 21st-Jan-2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
you are so naive, friend.
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