Lupe Fiasco, whose popularity exploded after a successful guest spot on Kanye West's single "Touch the Sky" and his successful debut album Food and Liquor, has run into a bit of a career snag recently.
For one, his album Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1, was, in this writer's opinion, just not as good as his first two albums (Food and Liquor and The Cool), and only marginally better than his third release, Lasers—plus, it has a goofy-ass title that's not only not reflective of its content, but lacks a second part, as he cancelled F&L II: TGARA, Pt. 2 via an announcement on his Twitter, shortly before deleting said Twitter.
Secondly, and most recently, he left the stage mid-concert at a celebration thrown for today's Presidential Inauguration.
From the Daily Caller:
Josh Rogin, a reporter with Foreign Policy magazine, tweeted late Sunday, “Lupe Fiasco just got thrown off stage here at the Hamilton Live after he went on an anti-Obama diatribe mid set.”
“So Lupe played one anti-war song for 30 min and said he didn’t vote for Obama,” he continued, ”and eventually was told to move on to the next song…Lupe refused to move to the next song so a team of security guards came on stage and told him to go.”
The event's promoter, StartUp RockOn disputes that he was booted for anti-Obama statements:
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. Lupe Fiasco repeated the one song for more than 40 minutes.
But Fiasco probably wasn't the best guy to bring to a party celebrating Obama, if you look back at a statement he made to CBS a few years ago:
“In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America. For me, I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism. The root cause of the terrorism is the stuff that you as a government allow to happen and the foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists. And it’s easy for us because it’s really just some oil, which we can really get on our own.”
So congrats to Lupe Fiasco for standing up for his beliefs in the face of a concert promoter that probably should have known better than to bring an artist who called the president a terrorist to a party celebrating that same president. At the same time, he might be douche of the week for screwing a roomful of people who came to see him by playing one song, then letting his band vamp for half an hour.
You win some, you lose some, I guess. Check out video of his performance below.