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Rapper Lupe Fiasco Removed from Inauguration Party Stage After Politically-Charged Anti-Obama Song: VIDEO


Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco was removed from the stage Sunday night at the Inauguration Celebration Party sponsored by StartUp RockOn after a lengthy, politically-charged set which reportedly went on for 30 minutes when he reportedly refused to move on to the next song from one with lyrics that included:

"Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist. Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say s—t. That’s why I ain't vote for him, next one either."

Shortly thereafter, security appeared and escorted Fiasco from the stage.


The party's sponsor Hypervocal released a statement denying the rapper was removed for his lyrics:

StartUp RockOn is all about startups helping startups. At Sunday night’s Inauguration Celebration at the Hamilton Live, organizers set out to honor innovative visionaries with grants, accolades and a party worthy of the success we achieved at the RNC and DNC this summer.

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.


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  1. "He wasn't kicked off the stage and censored -- we just forcibly removed him at the request of the elite in the audience and replaced him with someone whose message was more in keeping with what they wanted to hear."

    Posted by: Heh | Jan 21, 2013 8:00:31 AM

  2. Do we really care? Really?

    My invitation to the inauguration got lost in the mail... unless it was that one that said I could come if I donated lots of money.

    Sorry, my company does not give me MLK day off, and if I don't work, I can't pay my mortgage.

    Love you, Barack. Good luck the next four years. I'll wave at Air Force One the next time if flies up the bay.

    Posted by: 99% | Jan 21, 2013 8:13:21 AM

  3. Yawn.

    Posted by: hornlongjohn | Jan 21, 2013 8:15:53 AM

  4. Aptly named.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 21, 2013 8:17:50 AM

  5. Weird?!

    Posted by: kodiak | Jan 21, 2013 8:29:24 AM

  6. grammy for what .... what a loser

    Posted by: steve | Jan 21, 2013 9:20:57 AM

  7. Ughh.. enough already! Why was he not responding to the atrocities in Syria? Or Hamas launching anti-tank missiles at school busses? The hypocrisy is MIND BLOWING!

    But it is just SO popular to hate Israel!!!!

    Posted by: Zach | Jan 21, 2013 9:22:04 AM

  8. Lupe sounds uneducated. No surprise there.

    Posted by: Robert | Jan 21, 2013 10:48:01 AM

  9. What was so inaccurate about what Lupe Fiasco sang?? Obama doesn't say sh*t about the atrocities perpetrated on the Palestinians by Israeli War Hawks does he? NO! Israel and the US shouldn't be to kill and starve whoever they want.

    Posted by: ProPeace | Jan 21, 2013 10:59:22 AM

  10. This is what you should expect when you hire an act named "Loopey Fiasco."

    Posted by: Andy G. | Jan 21, 2013 11:09:59 AM

  11. Fiasco. Period.

    I'm so sick of the crud. Move on indeed.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 21, 2013 11:36:12 AM

  12. How dare he criticize the first black [1/2 black] president! President Obama can do no wrong! He's the first black [1/2 black] president! And he's publicly said he's personally for gay marriage and ended don't ask,don't tell!! WTF do you want?! Keep his campaign promises? Cry for all the black children killed in Chicago and elsewhere like he cried for the white kids in Newtown? Cry for all the innocent indirect casualties of his 'conflicts' and assassination drone strikes? Criminally prosecute the too big to fail corporate execs? Hire more women and minorities for his staff and cabinet? What kind of naive noob are you?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 21, 2013 12:04:28 PM

  13. Your criticism might be more effective if you leave out he racism, ratbastard.

    Posted by: ger | Jan 21, 2013 12:31:40 PM

  14. WHAT effing 'racism' are you referring to, GER?

    Racist my arse. Same old sh*t whenever anyone, of any 'race' talks the truth. A real, genuine liberal would not be offended at what I said, unlike most 21st century American 'progressives'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 21, 2013 1:04:51 PM

  15. I'm sorry ra(cis)tbastard, I guess you're use of "first black [1/2 black]" wasn't straight up racist. My mistake.

    Posted by: ger | Jan 21, 2013 2:07:58 PM

  16. Well done, Lupe, keep it on!

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 21, 2013 2:41:13 PM

  17. @GER,


    And he was raised by the white side of his family. They did a fantastic job. His black father abandoned him.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 21, 2013 2:59:18 PM

  18. "His black father abandoned him."

    What if his black father had taken him, Rat. I'd rather Barack being President of the United States than being President of Kenya. Wouldn't you?

    You don't seem to be enjoying the ignauration, Ratbastard. Don't you have a dvd copy of "Birth of A Nation" you can watch? It'll cheer you up.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 21, 2013 3:11:46 PM

  19. Extreme leftist ignorance at its finest on Lupe's part. Chances the “Fiasco Factor” has ever considered the counter argument for the employment of Drone attacks: that it allows for the lowest civilian casualty rate in the history of human warfare and that Hammas and other terrorist groups systematically surround themselves with women and children for the very purpose of claiming high casualty rates? I’d say slim to none. Too much NPR and New York Times articles for Lupe

    Posted by: Nick Friedman | Jan 21, 2013 3:21:48 PM

  20. Regardless of Lupe's opinions or the lyrics to his songs, I have more respect for him saying what he means than the cowardly little toadies that censured him, and then didn't have the integrity to simply admit that this is precisely what they did.

    And I have more respect for him than most of the apologist posters here !

    Posted by: Buckie | Jan 21, 2013 5:18:21 PM

  21. Oh, and lest I forget...there is no "next one". Obama can't have a third term. 8th graders know this...

    Posted by: Deee! | Jan 21, 2013 11:09:43 PM

  22. If you and the people that invited him to preform in the first place weren't idiots, you'd have known all about this song, that it was written and popular WAY before this election cycle, and the lyrics to it no big *uc*ing secret. Morons.

    Posted by: Buckie | Jan 22, 2013 12:10:06 AM

  23. Well said, Buckie! :

    In an interview last summer, Lupe spoke about Obama as a "war criminal":

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

    Cheers to Lupe for speaking the truth while others are mindlessly celebrating, or worse, mindfully accommodating themselves to crimes.

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 22, 2013 12:37:05 PM

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