Lupe Fiasco was the headliner at the StartUp RockOn concert held to celebrate President Obama’s reelection at The Hamilton in Washington. After performing the anti-war song for more than 30 minutes, the rapper is said to have been told to move on to another song but he would not oblige. That is when the event security guards went on stage and told him to go.
The Grammy-nominated rapper has criticized the president before and last summer while on his album tour he reportedly described the president as a child-killer. He said during an interview with Complex magazine, “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.”
StartUp RockOn co-founders Hypervocal, Fighter Interactive and EventFarm denied that the rapper was removed from stage for his anti-Obama antics in an official statement about the incident. They said, “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.”