The other day, word got out that rapper Lupe Fiasco had managed to get himself kicked out of an Obama Inauguration concert for refusing to stop rapping a politically charged song. Organizers StartUp RockOn have issued a statement to set the record straight.
The rapper was not kicked out of the show, they say in a statement on HyperVocal, he was politely asked to leave because he wasn’t up to the standards mentioned on the contract.
As we also informed you the other day, the song Lupe chose to sing took aim at several politicians, including Obama.
The video that emerged (which you can also see below, embedded at the end of this article) confirmed this, but also showed that Lupe didn’t really mind when he was asked to leave the stage to make room for the next act.
Now, the organizers are saying that he was simply “asked” to leave, not “kicked off,” but they also stress that he kept performing the same song on a loop, which eventually grew tiresome for audiences.
“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’,” StartUp RockOn says.
“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,” the organizers further say in the same statement.
“The party continued as planned, and we celebrated the announcement of CodeNow’s winning the Grant Challenge,” they add.
So far, Lupe Fiasco hasn’t said anything about the incident. Check it out.