Lupe Fiasco’s Pre-Inaugural Protest!

Mon, Jan 21, 2013

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On the last song of Lupe Fiasco‘s Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, the rapper rhymed, “And you know me / I don’t vote / But the White House / You already know / It’s hood now.” The lyrics were a hat tip to Barack Obama being the first Black president of the United States. But for anyone wondering if Fiasco, who has been vocally critical of the administration, was softening up politically, they need look no further than what transpired last night at a pre-inaugural celebration concert in Washington D.C. Fiasco staged a protest at Hamilton Live by repeatedly performing the first verse of his anti-war song “Words I Never Said” off of LASERS for about a half-hour straight as his backing band improvised musically through different instrumentals. He didn’t self-censor and rhymed the lines, “Gaza Strip was getting bombed / Obama didn’t say shit / That’s why I ain’t vote for him / Next one either / I’m part of the problem / My problem is I’m peaceful.” Refusing to move on to another song, concert organizers pulled the plug as Fiasco was escorted off the stage.

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