During the private StartUpRockOn pre-inauguration event at the Hamilton Live Theater, the 31-year-old rapper — who has not been shy about criticizing the president — performed an antiwar song, and as a result, was asked to leave the sage, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
In a video of the incident, Lupe is seen rapping an extended antiwar piece that included the refrain, “[Rush] Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist,” shortly followed by a criticism of Obama’s policies in Israel.
“Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say … . That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either,” Lupe continued.
According to the Los Angeles Times, concertgoers grew annoyed with the rants, and a staff member approached Fiasco, but the rapper continued until concert lights were dimmed and he left the stage.
While early reports claim that Lupe Fiasco was kicked off the stage during his performance, a statement from the concert promoter organizers tells a different story.
“Lupe Fiasco performed at this private event, and as you may have read, he left the stage earlier than we had planned,” concert organizers said in an email to reporters. “But 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.”
Pop music blogger Allison Sylte is a Fort Collins-based writer and regular contributor to Reverb.