Lupe Fiasco’s Fiasco at StartUp RockOn’s Inauguration Celebration

By Punch Playlist Correspondent Kia Scipio 

Well, everyone has talked about it, but I was there. I was at StartUp RockOn’s invitation only Inauguration Celebration Featuring Lupe Fiasco at The Hamilton Live! on Sunday night. I was there as Lupe Fiasco took the stage and began a 30 minute “performance” of his song “Words I Never Said.” It was certainly bizarre, but no more bizarre than the fact the StartUp RockOn invited a person who is not a supporter of the newly, re-elected President Barack Obama to be the featured performer at a concert that was billed an “Inauguration event.”

I think that the biggest detractor from Lupe’s performance was the fact that he kept repeating “Words I Never Said” over and over again for about 30 mins. The live band, which was really awesome, would change the music, but he just continued to perform the same song. In case you aren’t familiar with Lupe Fiasco, and don’t know the song, here’s a sample of the lyrics to “Words I Never Said.”

I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bull***


Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets


How much money does it take to really make a full clip


9/11 building 7 did they really pull it


Uhh, And a bunch of other cover ups


Your childs future was the first to go with budget cuts


If you think that hurts then, wait here comes the uppercut


The school was garbage in the first place, that’s on the up and up


Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the uppercrust


You get it then they move it so you never keeping up enough


If you turn on TV all you see’s a bunch of “what the f***s”


Dude is dating so and so blabbering bout such and such


And that ain’t Jersey Shore, homie that’s the news


And these the same people that supposed to be telling us the truth


Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist


Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say s***


That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either


I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful


And I believe in the people.

Of course, everyone is entitled to their political views and opinions and for that, I don’t think that the crowd objected. As a matter of fact, everyone crowded around the lower level stage to get up close and personal with Fiasco. People were dancing and bobbing, totally having a great time. I think the issue really came when he just kept saying the same thing over and over and was clearly trying to stir up controversy. That’s when the crowd got antsy and things got tense. People began booing Fiasco and yelling “we get it . . . new song!” Eventually, Fiasco’s microphone was turned off, but that didn’t stop him. He just kept on rapping on stage, though he was barely audible. After a few minutes of his continued shenanigans it was clear that he wasn’t going to stop. That’s when The Hamilton’s security got on stage and “suggested” that he leave. Doors opened for the event at 9:00 pm and by 11:45, I was in my car heading home. Let’s put it this way, it took me twice as long as Lupe Fiasco performed, to get through Inauguration traffic and get home to the warmth of my bed. It was definitely a bizarre night, probably more so for StartUp RockOn. Never a dull moment in this town!

About Kia Scipio:
Punch Playlist Correspondent Kia Scipio believes that “music makes the people come together.” While she’d love to create a soundtrack to go along with her daily activities, Kia is perfectly happy listening to the music created by others, both known and up and coming, and frequently attends concerts and live shows. She is the Manager of Attorney Professional Development at a national law firm in the DC office. She lives in Maryland. For more on Kia’s musings on all things, including music, her blog is HYPERLINK "http://www.thatsjustmytwocents.com" www.thatsjustmytwocents.com and follow her on Twitter @justkia76.
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