Hours after reports flooded the Internet over Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco getting escorted off an inaugural party stage last night (January 20), video proof has now emerged.
In the footage, Fiasco is seen getting forced to end his performance with stage lights going off and security stepping in.
After refusing to perform a different song, Lupe was escorted off stage by security. Now This News captured footage of Lupe getting kicked off stage, while Foreign Policyjournalist Josh Rogin live tweeted the story as it happened. However, the event organizers released a statement claiming Lupe was removed for “other” reasons. (Miss Info TV)
Some gossip sites claim Fiasco’s alleged love interest may have played into his actions.
January 21, 2013: Rapper Lupe Fiasco is a HATER . . . and his rap career was a FLOP. First he HATED on Kanye . . . then he HATED on Jay Z . . . then he HATED on Chief Keef . . . now he’s HATING on President Obama. Last night, while performing at an INAUGURATION EVENT meant o celebrate the RE-ELECTION of the first AFRICAN AMERICAN president in history . . . who actually has HIP HOP ACTS at his Inauguration . . . Lupe started acting A FOOL. First Lupe played a song where he bragged about not voting for President Obama – a move that served to HELP Obama’s opponent Mitt Romney (a liar, a cheat, and a war monger). Then after his set was over – Lupe made a scene by REFUSING to leave the stage. Security had to PHYSICALLY remove him. So what is Lupe mad at??? He wants President Obama to side with the Palestinians in the Arab-Israel debate. You know . . . cause Lupe’s DATING AN ARAB CHICK!!! (Media Take Out)
Reports of what went down hit the Internet early Monday (January 21) morning.
Lupe Fiasco was booted off an inaugural party stage last night in Washington after dedicating his 30-minute set to the song “Words I Never Said,” Politico reports. The rapper, performing at an event hosted by StartUp RockOn, repeated the lyrics, “Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist/ Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit/ That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either,” for an usually long time and said he didn’t vote for Obama. He was told to move to the next song, but refused and was escorted off the stage. (Rolling Stone)
Immediately following his removal, the StartUp party organizers released a statement on what went down.
“Lupe Fiasco performed at this private event, and as you may have read, he left the stage earlier than we had planned. 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.” (USA Today)
Check out the Lupe Fiasco footage: