The show didn’t go on last night for Lupe Fiasco. Following his performance of “Words I Never Said” at an Inaugural celebration in DC, Lupe’s set was truncated. Allegedly, he was unplugged for anti-Obama lyrics, but the event organizer’s refuted the claim with this statement:
StartUp RockOn is all about startups helping startups. At Sunday night’s Inauguration Celebration at the Hamilton Live, organizers set out to honor innovative visionaries with grants, accolades and a party worthy of the success we achieved at the RNC and DNC this summer.
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.
The party continued as planned, and we celebrated the announcement of CodeNow’s winning the Grant Challenge. CodeNow is a non-profit startup based in Washington DC that teaches “underrepresented high school students basic skills in computer programming.
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)