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9:13pm January 25, 2013

Learning from Lupe Fiasco’s Fiasco Inaugural Performance

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Grammy nominated Lupe Fiasco is famous for socially conscious rhymes, and being a vocal societal critic. But, Sunday, at a pre-inauguration celebration, the lyricist was like rocks in the socks of people sprinting off to Obama-land.

He performed his hit “Words I Never Said.”  The song, with its heavy political messaging, turned into a half-hour onstage stay that culminated in the rapper being escorted offstage.

In the song Lupe spits, “Limbaugh is a racist/ Glenn Beck is a racist/Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say sh*t.”

He continues. “That’s why I ain’t vote for him/ next one either/I’m a part of the problem/ my problem is I’m peaceful/And I believe in the people.” In the song he also digs at pharmaceutical companies, the media and subpar school systems.

However, it’s as if the conscious superstar didn’t have a mentor, loved one or homie to tell him that the medium can one-up the message. When celebrating the inauguration of President Barack Obama, why come to his party and show out? Time and place affect how people respond to and relate with messages.

Fiasco maximized the opportunity to go viral with his assessment of the president. And frankly, many would argue that there’s truth in what he said. Many of today’s pundits do present racial and oppressive ideas. President Obama has sometimes shied away from taking a solid stance with international and domestic issues.

Even so, the Lupe thing is more basic than that. What about giving people their time to shine, and knowing one’s critique will be just as valid in a week or two? It is akin to penning December stories about parents playing Santa with magazine headlines that read “He’s Not Real! Saint Nicholas and Other Lies!”

The jolly bearded gift giver might not exist; but, in a moment like that, a believer’s joy could also cease. Sometimes it is ok to step outside of a hypercritical lens and enjoy a moment. An inability or unwillingness to do so could prove harmful.

In some circles, when someone takes a lighthearted issue or fun time and analyzes it with such precision that smiles wilt and things get awkward, it is called “Lupeing.” Did the artist want to become that guy?

Perhaps the message was an exercise in bravery. Sound social critiques can be hard to come by. Other household names put forward messages about sex, drugs and hype or enough money to get one’s fill of all three. So, his move was provocative, predictable and indicative of playing by his own rules.

So, event-planners. Which Google guru thought Fiasco would behave?

 



About the Author

Imani Jackson
Imani Jackson
Imani Jackson is a journalist and FAMU College of Law student with social commentary and/or news stories published on HBCU Digest, Clutch Magazine, the Daily American newspaper in Somerset, Pa, and the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.




 
 

 
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9 Comments


  1. Well done Lupe! It’s not politically correct to be on the right side of history, as you know advocating universal justice and true peace is not good for marketing! BUT STANDING-UP HONORABLY LIKE YOU DID IS THE ONLY NOBLE THING TO DO! LUPE FIASCO YOU HAVE SIGNED YOUR NAME WITH GOLD LETTERS ON THE PAGES OF THE GREAT BOOK OF HISTORY! KUDOS TO YOU LUPE FIASCO!


  2. It was a perfect moment to make a critique as those who most need to hear it were would. That they will plug their ears and shout in order not to hear it doesn’t matter as they will do so anyway, which is the saddest part of the whole show.


  3. Tha KosherGod response to Lupe Fiasco being Kicked off Stage at 2013 Obama inauguration party!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkKrzI57zjA


  4. The difference is that Santa Claus isn’t responsible for running the country. We were told to “Just shut up and put pressure on until he’s elected cause Romney is worse”. Now we can’t criticize him because people want to have a gaudy party while kids are still getting killed by our killer robot planes?

    And what is the President doing about community violence? Not nearly as much as Lupe: http://www.saintsabina.org/images/stories/events/LupeFiasco-2013.02.15-flyer.jpg.


  5. I support Lupe Fiasco Obama took Billions od Dollars in Campaign contributiond from the stock exchange & companies that are on the stock exchange who want to keep all our countries Industries & Jobs in China – and insted of explaining this to American he wants to talk about Gay rights – or other issues to confuse & divert the focus.


  6. I support Lupe Fiasco – Obama took Billions of Dollars in Campaign contributionds from the stock exchange & companies that are on the stock exchange who want to keep all our countries Industries & Jobs in China – and insted of explaining this to American he wants to talk about Gay rights – or other issues to confuse & divert the focus. – he has done more to insure that Americans will need to live on Welare than any of his predecessors – I originally wanted him for President – but one has to be more than a Race.


  7. I support Lupe Fiasco – Obama took Billions of Dollars in Campaign contributions from the stock exchange & companies that are on the stock exchange who want to keep all our countries Industries & Jobs in China – and insted of explaining this to Americans – he wants us to believe that poor or working class E Mail $5.00 in to his campaign – insted he wants to talk about Gay rights – or other issues to confuse & divert the focus. – he has done more to insure that Americans will need to live on Welare than any of his predecessors – I originally wanted him for President – but one has to be more than a Race to lead a Country and the world.



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