Lupe Fiasco, Grammy-nominated rap artist was at the center of a row on Sunday after he launched into anti-Obama rant during the Presidential inauguration event.
According to The Huffington Post, the organizers booked the 30-year-old Chicago rapper for a major performance at the StartUp RockOn concert to celebrate Obama's reelection. But he had other plans of his own for the concert. After taking the stage at The Hamilton Live in Washington, he reportedly announced that he did not vote for the president in the 2012 election and spent more than half-an-hour performing an anti-Obama song.
According to The Huffington Post, organizers told him to move on to the next song after he had been singing an anti-war song for some time, but he refused. A team of security officers then came on stage and shut down his performance (see video).
This is not the first time the Grammy-nominated artist has criticized President Obama. He once described Obama as a "child-killer."
According to Complex Magazine, during an interview in Philadelphia with Power 99FM's SayWhat, Lupe criticized Obama, saying, "On one hand, you have someone who is a great speaker, but kills little children - our President." He continued, "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."
When someone defended Obama, saying that deaths of innocent people during drone attacks were not intentional, Lupe responded, saying, "A drug dealer can say the same thing. 'I didn't mean to kill all the people in the restaurant. I was just trying to get that one dude who killed my cousin. Just so happened that that little girl was there.' Same thing."
Hypervocal, co-organizers of the StartUp RockOn concert with EventFarm and WearFigher, released an official statement, saying that Fiasco was not kicked off stage for his anti-Obama rant. The statement said:
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.