Rapper Lupe Fiasco, real name Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, was kicked off stage by Barack Obama’s security at the StartUp RockOn concert to celebrate the re-election of the president on January 21st at the Hamilton in Washington D.C., after singing a rap which criticised Barack Obama and America’s foreign policy.
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, whose stage name is Lupe Fiasco, rapped, “Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist. Gaza strip was getting bombed. Obama didn’t say sh*t. That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either.” The lyrics came from his 2011 political song, “Words Which I Never Said“.
In an article by Timothy Alexander Guzman, titled “Hip-Hop and the Politics of Social Engineering: Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z and Barack Obama’s Inauguration” (Global Research: February 3, 2013),the author quotes Fiasco in a 2011 CBS interview, where he said, “My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America. I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism. You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists.”
In an interview with Philadelphia’s Power 99 with Mina SayWhat in July 2012, Fiasco condemned Obama’s use of Drone attacks in Pakistan and the Yemen, saying:
“One hand, you have someone who is a great speaker, but kills little children—our president, I’m talking about ordering a drone attack. Ordering drone attacks that go and kill mothers, innocent bystanders, children. Militants, too, but the collateral damage. You’re responsible for that, too.”
“Drug dealers can say the same thing, “‘I didn’t mean to kill all the people in the restaurant. I was just trying to get that one dude who killed my cousin. Just so happened that that little girl was there.’ Same thing.” (Guzman: 2013)
Guzman goes on to say how many African-American rap artists are being used by corporate companies to sell harmful products and images to the the black and other communities. He said, “You have hundreds of artists that contribute to the degradation of the African-American, Latino, White and Asian communities such as Nikki Manage, Kanye West, 50 Cent, DMX and many others whose lyrics degrade women and glorify gangsters. They rap about how much money they got and all of the gold chains they possess. These are songs that have a hidden message to consume or to become a “Gangster”. Rap music is a weapon used by the elites to keep certain segments of society in control.”
Fiasco is among the minority of black music artists who have dared to speak out against the establishment. Artists like Paris, whose lyrics are inspired by the Black Panther Movement, and was bold enough to say that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job (Read Rapper Soulja Boy shamefully apologises for anti war song), and rappers such as Dead Prez, Kam and Public Enemy.
However, the corporate-led music industry will not promote the songs or message of these artists to the young minds of today because their message is one of defiance against injustices and a damaging self image.
So it is up to each and every one of us to support these artists and spread their music amongst the people we know and wider circles, whether it is through social media like youtube, twitter, facebook etc., we have a responsibility to the truth.
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