Chicago rapper and Grammy nominated Lupe Fiasco was asked to leave the stage after rapping a rather long rant against the president at an unofficial inaugural ball last night.
Obviously Fiasco’s song choice was not a crowd pleaser, as the partisan crowd took exception to the lyrics of the song.
In a video posted on Nowthisnews.com you can see organizers asking Fiasco to leave the stage with a cameraman getting jostled about.
The Grammy-nominated rapper was the headliner and used his time to complain about a number of issues, including the administration's drone warfare program.
“Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist. Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say sh*t. That’s why I ain't vote for him, next one either," he rapped, “I’m part of the problem. My problem is I’m peaceful.”
Organizers were quick to issue a statement, "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."
Essentially the organizers are saying his performance was lacking any entertainment value. However, based on news coverage this morning, the entertainment value has been kicked up a notch.
The event was held at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C., and was put on by StartUp RockOn, which supports entrepreneurs and tech startups, according to their website, “We believe that by creating an event that embodies the passion, energy, and excitement that define our culture, that our attendees will have a shot at forging real relationships as opposed to business contacts.”