Lupe Fiasco thrown off stage after going on anti-Obama rant at Inauguration event

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jan 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-21 20:43:27-05

WASHINGTON (PIX11) – Usually when you’re invited to perform at an event linked to something prestigious like – I don’t know – the Presidential Inauguration, it’s probably a good idea not to diss the guest of honor.

It’s clear rapper Lupe Fiasco didn’t get the memo after he went on an anti-Obama rant during a performance at an inauguration weekend concert in Washington.


Video of the incident surfaced on the web and shows Lupe doing what he does best — spitting some rhymes and dropping some freestyle, but suddenly he decides to take it political

“Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist,” he rapped. “Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say (bleep). That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either.”

As the video shows, the verse quickly stunned the room – and organizers, prompting them to kill Lupe’s mic and eventually, the stage lights.


Lupe Fiasco (left) was escorted off the stage at an unofficial inauguration show this weekend after making disparaging remarks about President Barack Obama during his performance.

Moments later, a scuffle on stage unravels, appearing to show security attempting to escort Lupe off the stage. The rapper leaves without incident.

The event’s organizers released a statement debunking reports he was removed for his political views:

“Lupe Fiasco was not “kicked off stage” for an “anti-Obama rant,'” the statement from StartUp RockOn read. “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.”

Some members in the audience even took to Twitter, vouching for the organizers’ claim saying that the rapper stuck to the same anti-Obama song for a grueling 30 minutes and refused to move on to the next track.

Lupe, who has criticized President Obama in the past — at one point, even calling him a “terrorist” — did not release a statement on the incident.