A rap artist was forced off the stage at an inaugural event in Washington, D.C. Sunday night after he performed an anti-Obama diatribe.
The scene unfolded at The Hamilton one block from the White House as Lupe Fiasco, a Grammy-nominated rapper from Chicago, began performing ‘Words I Never Said,’ a single he recorded in February of 2011.
‘I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bull***t, just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets,’ he rapped. ‘… Rush 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, I’m a part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful and I believe in the people.’
Fiasco’s microphone was cut and a handful of security personnel surrounded him on stage. He was reportedly asked to move on to the next song and refused, so he was asked to leave.
As he moved off the stage, Fiasco turned to the audience and waved his hand, then took a bow. The crowd was shouting his name.
The statement continued: ‘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.’
Fiasco, 30, was born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco in Chicago and his father was a prominent member of the Black Panther Party, an African-American revolutionary socialist organization active in the United States from 1966 until 1982.
His music tends to include political messages and he has criticized Obama in the past.
Most recently, he targeted Obama’s use of drones and accused him of killing children.
‘You have someone who is a great speaker, but kills little children - our President,’ he said during an interview with Philadelphia radio station Power 99FM. ‘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.’