(See the video below.)
Billed as a celebration of President Barack Obama's second inauguration, the “StartUp RockOn” concert was supposed to be the grand finale of the day's events and superstar rapper Lupe Fiasco was booked as the show's headlining act for the big finish.
Perhaps not getting the memo, however, Sunday's concert promoters must have been left out of the loop and were unaware Fiasco, 30 year old Wasalu Muhammad Jaco from Chicago, is not the biggest of Obama supporters and isn't afraid to mix a little activism into his music and performances.
Taking advantage of any and every opportunity as any good activist would, instead of taking the stage and doing a few of his biggest hits or songs from his most recent album, the President and the show club crowd at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. were sent home with a message.
The rapper made a statement to the establishment by serenading the crowd with an indefinite jam-session of the song “Words I Never Said,” from 2011's groundbreaking album “Lasers,” in a never-ending loop that included lyrics from the song that criticizes the president, promotes 9/11 truth, calls out Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck for being racists and exposes the fraud that is the mainstream media.
According to multiple tweets from people attending the concert, it took over 30 min. for the show's organizers to realize what was going on and began trying to get the rapper to move on to a new song. After realizing he wasn't going to cooperate they decided to cut his mic. When that didn't work security decided to take it a step further and cut the lights off in the theater, but fiasco and the music kept right on jamming in the dark. It was at that point security realized their only choice was to storm the stage.
Video footage shows security entering the stage, standing in between Fiasco and the crowd and forcing the rapper and his band to cease playing before escorting the star off of the stage and out of the building.
Buzz feed noticed the tweets and broke the “Now This News” video early Monday morning. The Huffington Post saw the buzz feed story and regurgitated it a short time later, adding their own two cents with negative undertones about the event. It wasn't long thereafter when, as to be expected, by mid-morning the very predictable mainstream newswire was abuzz with condescending news about the rapper and “his antics.”
Ironically, it's likely the majority of them have yet to realize the joke is actually on the media and its establishment puppeteers.
The show's promoters quickly made a statement through HyperVocal.com claiming the rapper was not kicked off because of his message, but because the “bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied and the organizers decided to move on to the next act.”
According to the video, however, the crowd seems to have been enjoying the performance before being rudely interrupted and cheered loudly for the rapper as he was escorted off of the stage.
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