SOHH Whatcha Think: Was Lupe Fiasco's President Obama/Terrorist Remark Really "That" Bad?
Monday, Jun 13, 2011 2:10PM
Something you have to love about hip-hop is it may still be the one genre you can count on for artists to truly speak their minds, whether right or wrong. Think back to the days of Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" or to more recent times with Eminem's "White America."
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When you take a stroll down memory lane, you notice the hype and anxiety Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco caused last week should have been examined a bit more closely. Now do not get me wrong, I still feel Fiasco may have subtly been trying to cause some controversy, but to the extent where he wants America to march to the White House and demand President Barack Obama's resignation? Get serious.
I think the most shocking element of Fiasco's remarks happen to be two things. For one, the race issue raised some eyebrows as the thought of another African American publicly criticizing President Obama turned into reality. Even worse, President Obama is widely respected in the hip-hop community by the likes of Diddy, Jay-Z and others. Secondly, this statement came just weeks after Osama Bin Laden was killed. These all combined and a couple CBS News cameras rolling gave Lupe the overbearing spotlight last week.
Instead of apologizing or saying he spoke out of pocket, Fiasco has stood by his statements and challenged us to look deeper into what he is talking about. And before you could refresh your page, a few select artists came forward and, a bit surprisingly, supported Fiasco's words.
"I would have to agree with him," Prodigy said referring to Fiasco's comments. "Most of these politicians and these government officials...most of them are the real terrorists...I was definitely checking [Obama] out and seeing what he was doing and what he was about [while locked up]...But I already knew ahead of time - I've been studying all that type of stuff since like 15, 16 years old, so... You can't pull the wool over my eyes. I already know what time it is...There's nothing you can say to confuse me about any of that type of stuff. I know it's all a game that they're playing. It's all a facade." (Hip Hop DX)
"I know Lupe and he's a good dude. I don't give a f*ck 'cause Obama's our president and I ain't never met him yet, but he's a cool guy," Game said in an interview. (Rap-Up TV)
And let's be honest, Lupe Fiasco's "terrorist" tag may have been deep, but think about fellow Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West labeling George W. Bush a "racist," publicly might I add, in 2005. Is it still freedom of speech or do we have a legitimate reason to be upset with Lupe?
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