Lupe Fiasco had his set cut short at an inauguration party for President Obama’s second term, following what one journalist present described as a 30-minute extended performance of his 2011 single, “Words I Never Said,” in which he repeated the lines, “Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist./Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit./That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either./I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful.”
Video of the incident shows Fiasco performing the line in the mic, then cuts to him continuing the song once the microphone was cut off, and finally being removed from the stage. The organizers of the event, Hypervocal, have issued a statement saying:
Fe-sides is at it once again! This time the beat maker and savvy producer set up a Toy Story flavored parody focused on the 2008 Presidential election. It’s four minutes of a battle between toys and french fry cravings. Yummy… yum, yum! Peep all the appearances by special collectables like Grateful Bear, The Hundreds Garfield, Spongebob squarepants,… etc.
What a difference a small Midwestern state can make. Days before the Iowa caucus, I sat at this keyboard and, with the fullest of convictions, wrote that I didn’t believe America was ready to elect a Black president [see "Obama Please," Issue #151]. At that point, 2007 had been a sharp reminder of how far apart we we can be at times. I had recently watched YouTube clips of the congressional rap hearings (yeah, read that again: "Congressional Rap Hearings"). This farce unfolded on C-SPAN just below the cultural radar and mocked everything we stand for at this magazine (even though David Banner and even Master P deflected the Senatorial hypocrisy wonderfully, maybe as a prelude of what is yet to come). At the same time, opinions were divided as to whether Imus got his license to ill …