Cheers to Lupe Fiasco's Rap on Obama

January 22, 2013 | Revolution Newspaper |


From a reader:

Lupe Fiasco performed courageously at the January 20 Start Up Rock On (SURO) concert to celebrate Obama's second inauguration. Matt Dornic, senior director of public relations for CNN, tweeted, “Things going terribly wrong at Lupe Fiasco performance during SURO. Kicked off stage, bashing Obama.”

The pre-inaugural festivities for Pres. Obama started with a blast of fresh air as Lupe Fiasco, who was chosen to headline "an evening celebrating President Obama's 2nd term and honoring innovation," performed a relentless 40 minute "anti-war" and "anti-Obama" song. He rapped:
"Limbaugh is a racist / Glenn Beck is a racist / Gaza strip was getting bombed / Obama didn't say shit / That's why I ain't vote for him / The next one neither."

"Rock On" turned off the stage lights and sent several large men from security on stage to surround the rapper and escort him off the stage.

"Rock On" event organizers issued a baldly ingenuous statement saying, "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, in youtubes of the incident voices in the crowd can be heard shouting "Lupe, Lupe." See

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