Booking Lupe Fiasco for an inauguration party was unlikely to go well, since the rapper is known to hold strong anti-Obama views.
Lupe was escorted offstage by security after he spent 30 minutes rapping the same anti-Obama song over and over again. The controversial verse says something like, "Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist. Gaza strip was getting bombed. Obama didn't say sh*t. That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either."
The event organizers released a statement saying they nixed Lupe not because he criticized the POTUS, but because he was making bad music:
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. Lupe Fiasco repeated the one song for more than 40 minutes.
However, online commenters seem convinced that Lupe was removed for his political message. "Lupe was kicked off stage for criticizing Obama," tweeted
Margarita Noriega. "I won't lie seeing #lupefiasco tonight was amazing. 40 min protest and he gets kicked off stage," tweeted
Sajad Ghanizada. Video footage suggests the enthusiastic crowd had no problem the one-song show:
Via the NY Daily News and YouTube.