Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco caused a stir at a private inaugural event by busting out a song critical of President Obama.
At the StartUp RockOn concert, Lupe performed his song, “Words I Never Said,” which includes these lyrics:
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“Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist. Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say s---. That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one, either. I’m part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful.”
Lupe, an outspoken critic of Obama who once called the president “the biggest terrorist,” was escorted offstage by security guards. A few fans shouted, “Lupe!” but most booed.
Lupe has also been acting erratically in Chicago lately. After getting into a Twitter beef with Chief Keef, he threatened to quit the music business. And last week, he announced he’d scrapped plans to release a follow-up to his popular "Food & Liquor" album.
Hypervocal, one of the party’s sponsors, Tweeted after the show that it was “Disappointed that an artist took opportunity to use an event celebrating innovation/startups to make a political statement.”
I’m sure Hypervocal would not have been disappointed if Lupe had made a political statement by singing Obama’s praises. But they should have known who they were hiring before they invited him to the party. I’m sure they thought Chicago + rapper=Obama fan. That may be the case with Common, Rhymefest, Twista and Kid Sister, but it’s not the case with Lupe.