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Lupe Fiasco Removed from Stage After Anti-Obama Comments

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He's made controversial comments about President Obama before, and tonight, the controversy continued as Lupe Fiasco was removed from the stage during his performance at Hamilton Live in Washington D.C. Booked to perform in celebration of Obama's reelection, Lupe apparently performed an anti-war song, said that he did not vote for President Obama in November's election, then was asked to leave after refusing to move on to the next song after 30 minutes.

Above is a picture of Lupe Fiasco backstage at the event, and also a picture of him performing on stage. And below are detailed tweets from Josh Rogin, a popular political writer for Foreign Policy, who was in attendance at the show. Stay tuned for more details.

Josh Rogin@joshrogin
Lupe Fiasco just got thrown off stage here at the Hamilton Live after he went on an anti-Obama diatribe mid set.
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Josh Rogin@joshrogin
So Lupe played one anti-war song for 30 min and said he didn't vote for Obama and eventually was told to move on to the next song.
21 Jan 13 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Josh Rogin@joshrogin
Lupe refused to move to the next song so a team of security guards came on stage and told him to go.
21 Jan 13 ReplyRetweetFavorite
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http://www.complex.com/music/2013/01/lupe-fiasco-removed-from-stage-after-anti-obama-comments

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Was he not compensated to be there?

If he wanted to hold a free concert and was kicked out I would be on his side, That being said was he compensated for being there? If so I am ok with him being removed for having an anti obama stance.

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I'm assuming he was paid to be there.

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Last name Fiasco. Duh

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Who's the genius that invited him?

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Read what it says. They gave him the hook for being a shitty performer.

Overrated anyways

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He played the same song for 30 freaking minutes?

What a great show that sounds like

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lupe lost his mind right around lasers

a few months ago chief keef threatened him on twitter and he hinted that he would retire over it. for those of you who don't know mr. keef, he's an awful teenage rapper who may or may not have killed a rival teenage rapper

it's been a bad couple of years for mr. fiasco. his friend of the people mixtape was better than either of his 2 most recent albums by far (not sure if that says more about the tape or lasers/f&lI)

anyway i don't mind this as creative protest if you're a nobody but lupe has way more resources to use so it comes off as a bullshit publicity stunt

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[quote name='rodeo' timestamp='1358788159' post='2108826']
He played the same song for 30 freaking minutes?

What a great show that sounds like
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it works for phish

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It appears he would have likely gotten away with some brief anti-war comments, but being a paid performer, 30 minutes of anti war talk is just begging to be pulled off stage. It is likely that is what he wanted to happen (great way to get your cause noticed) and might have been surprised how long it took to actually get the hook. I encourage Mr. Fiasco to continue his protests against the MIC, just to do it on his own dime/time.

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Never heard of Mr. Fiasco, but the war hawks at the pentagon are now beating their war drums for our entrance into the Mali conflict in support the French. Oh good, now we can continue to justify our bloated military spending after our withdrawl from Afghanistan, how convenient. Last time we supported a French military campaign was in Vietnam, how well did that turn out?
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Sweet ass, lets go support a French imperialistic war. Not to mention the fact that Mali has HUGE gold deposits. Might coincide with Germany recently demanding all of their French and US held gold?

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I respect that kind of courage.

It was tacky to do it at the innauguration, but he is a young man with a point to make, and he did it. I agree with him too about the anti-war stuff.

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[quote name='gospodin shuttlesworth' timestamp='1358805185' post='2109260']
lupe lost his mind right around lasers

a few months ago chief keef threatened him on twitter and he hinted that he would retire over it. for those of you who don't know mr. keef, he's an awful teenage rapper who may or may not have killed a rival teenage rapper

it's been a bad couple of years for mr. fiasco. his friend of the people mixtape was better than either of his 2 most recent albums by far (not sure if that says more about the tape or lasers/f&lI)

anyway i don't mind this as creative protest if you're a nobody but lupe has way more resources to use so it comes off as a bullshit publicity stunt
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He was forced by his record label to create an album like lasers....it was not his wish...he made a statement about it....

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he fell off after the cool though there are people out there who will say he fell off after f&l (which of course is objectively wrong because dumb it down and the coolest own)

though i'll agree atlantic sucks, idk if his label is the reason why his mixtapes are generally better than his albums or if he just took lasers and f&l2 as an opportunity to experiment in egotism

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[quote name='Sheikh Zula' timestamp='1358829386' post='2109939']
record labels can't "force you" to do sh*t
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cobain vehemently disagreed on nevermind and in utero

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without getting into specific musicians/artists/whatever there's always the option of, you know, not doing whatever it is your label wants you to do.

no one's forcing you to do anything. lupe's comments are him just trying to save face because of the terrible reception his album got from everyone. it all boils down to his public image.

you can file this little "fiasco" under that category as well.

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[quote name='PhillyB' timestamp='1358833038' post='2109998']
cobain vehemently disagreed on nevermind and in utero
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yeah lupe actually refers to that in one of his songs

[quote]But it's all entertainment
Wonder when Cobain blew out his brains, did he blame it?
And if those snakes in the industry helped him aim it
Started pressing up records before the bullet left the chamber[/quote]

but again that's from a mixtape. anyway cobain he is not. cobain rebelled against overproduction and whatnot but lupe seems to have an affinity for it

he can whine about it all he wants but nobody's forcing him to make lame poo. the music industry is fuged wrt the relationship between artists and labels but good music is in fact being released through major labels (seriously look no further than his first two albums) so why can't he get it right now? i agree with the "saving face" viewpoint. dude wants to make money but still wants to come across as "real" to his older fans. you can't tell me he doesn't have input on those dumb fuging hooks and he's always had a bit of a problem with production dating back to when he was actually releasing good music.

oh and btw he blames atlantic for lasers but he's contradicted himself on that multiple times (for example: "[i]Lasers[/i] is a great album. I'm actually happy with the record.")

i don't doubt the dude has issues with his label but they're not trying to make him into some bubblegum pop star who also talks about Real Serious Things; he's doing that on his own

source: i was a huge lupe stan until i heard food & liquor 2 and realized that lasers wasn't an aberration

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[quote name='NanuqoftheNorth' timestamp='1358807327' post='2109299']
Never heard of Mr. Fiasco, but the war hawks at the pentagon are now beating their war drums for our entrance into the Mali conflict in support the French. Oh good, now we can continue to justify our bloated military spending after our withdrawl from Afghanistan, how convenient. Last time we supported a French military campaign was in Vietnam, how well did that turn out?
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We are flying in French troops on our airplanes already.

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[quote name='rodeo' timestamp='1358788159' post='2108826']
He played the same song for 30 freaking minutes?

What a great show that sounds like
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what is this a Dave Matthews or Widespread Panic concert?!

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[quote name='PhillyB' timestamp='1358833038' post='2109998']

cobain vehemently disagreed on nevermind and in utero
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music industry is virtually unrecognizable from those days.

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[quote name='Sheikh Zula' timestamp='1358833592' post='2110006']
without getting into specific musicians/artists/whatever there's always the option of, you know, not doing whatever it is your label wants you to do.

no one's forcing you to do anything. lupe's comments are him just trying to save face because of the terrible reception his album got from everyone. it all boils down to his public image.

you can file this little "fiasco" under that category as well.
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Well not really. Once you're in a deal for multiple records, I dont think you can just quit and start putting out your own albums, and he was complaining about Atlantic for a long time before Lasers came out.

Honestly I think Lupe just went crazy. Its a shame cause his first couple albums were great

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[quote name='thatlookseasy' timestamp='1358959873' post='2111824']


Well not really. Once you're in a deal for multiple records, I dont think you can just quit and start putting out your own albums, and he was complaining about Atlantic for a long time before Lasers came out.

Honestly I think Lupe just went crazy. Its a shame cause his first couple albums were great
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Why not? What happens if he just quits?

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[quote name='Sheikh Zula' timestamp='1358965781' post='2111955']
Why not? What happens if he just quits?
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I assume its about money. If he broke his contract with Atlantic they could sue him if he tried to release an album under another label. IDK maybe he could get around it by just releasing mixtapes and touring

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