Lupe Fiasco Booted from Pre-Inaugural Celebration After Performing Anti-Obama Lyrics

The Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco was invited to a “private” pre-inaugural celebration by “StartUp RockOn,” some sort of start-up networking thing, and was escorted off stage by security while performing an anti-war song. According to MTV News:

When the rapper took the stage during Sunday's StartUp RockOn concert at the Hamilton Live in Washington, he performed his 2011 track "Words I Never Said," but its controversial message may have led to an early ejection from the show for the opinionated rapper…

As he was jamming out, the lights were turned out on him but the band continued to play. Then, a security guard came onstage and attempted to escort the rapper offstage while a camera guy got in the mix, trying to film the encounter. Eventually Lupe and his team walked off the stage, with the crowd shouting his name as he waved to the room one last time.

The content of Lupe Fiasco’s lyrics shouldn’t have come as a surprise, after all he’s called President Obama a terrorist for his foreign policy. Nevertheless, StartUp RockOn denied the rapper was removed over what he said, instead attacking his performance as a “bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied.”In the same breath the organizers claim to be “staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech,” but in fact censorship based on perceived aesthetic value seems is little more than an attempt to avoid accusations of political censorship.

Video, with what looks like a crowd interested in the performance, below:

At least he didn't lip sync.

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  • R C Dean||

    bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance

    Rap. Duh.

  • ||

    I love how they were stupid enough to have him there, showing once again the abject incompetence of this administration and its staff.

    "Of course all black people worship me. Sign him up!"

  • Raven Nation||

    Was this an official administration bash? There's a whole ton of groups that put on events that are not connected to the incoming POTUS.

  • Loki||

    It wasn't. It was a private party. It even says so in the first sentence.

  • Loki||

    That being said, I'm sure the next time we hear about Lupe Fiasco it will be for some kind of federal legal trouble.

  • Paul.||

    It wasn't. It was a private party

    Sounds like some eminent domain is in order...

  • Brutus||

    But when one utters heresy, the auto-da-fe isn't long in coming.

  • BlogimiDei||

    auto-da-fe? what's an auto-da-fe? It's when you shouldn't do something but you do anyway!

  • Atlas Slugged||

    nothing has worked, send in the nuns!

  • Bruce Majors||

    Obama's cabinet is now all middle aged white men, and his chief campaigners are Plouffe, Axelrod, Gibbs and Cutter. Maybe none of them know his lyrics. They are probably lucky they did not hire Big Boi.

    Overall the inaugural could be summed up: Beyonce gives a fake performance; Lupe Fiasco is tossed out for getting real.

  • Guy Incognito||

    Al Green declined to perform, re-affirming his status as my Absolute Favorite Vocal Artist of All-time.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Eventually Lupe and his team walked off the stage, with the crowd shouting his name as he waved to the room one last time.

    FIASCO!

    FIASCO!

    FIASCO!

    FIASCO!

  • Paul.||

    Another of my favorite (old) Fiasco joints.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp2uqGLNm5k

  • GILMORE||

    StartUp RockOn denied the rapper was removed over what he said, instead attacking his performance as a “bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied.”In the same breath the organizers claim to be “staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech,”

    "oh, we're totally for free speech... we just reserve the right to only hear one kind of it."

  • iggy||

    In their defense, he spent thirty minutes singing the same song. I don't think kicking him off stage had anything to do with what he was saying. Otherwise they would have kicked him off more quickly.

  • Vision||

    Ya, FIASCO! LOL, Awesome post.

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