By Punch Playlist Correspondent Kia ScipioÂ
Well, everyone has talked about it, but I was there. I was at StartUp RockOnâ€™s invitation only Inauguration Celebration FeaturingÂ Lupe Fiasco at The Hamilton Live!Â on Sunday night. I was there as Lupe Fiasco took the stage and began a 30 minute â€œperformanceâ€ of his song â€œWords I Never Said.â€ 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 â€œInauguration event.â€
I think that the biggest detractor from Lupeâ€™s performance was the fact that he kept repeating â€œWords I Never Saidâ€ 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 arenâ€™t familiar with Lupe Fiasco, and donâ€™t know the song, hereâ€™s a sample of the lyrics to â€œWords I Never Said.â€
I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bull***â€¨
Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bulletsâ€¨
How much money does it take to really make a full clipâ€¨
9/11 building 7 did they really pull itâ€¨
Uhh, And a bunch of other cover upsâ€¨
Your childs future was the first to go with budget cutsâ€¨
If you think that hurts then, wait here comes the uppercutâ€¨
The school was garbage in the first place, that’s on the up and upâ€¨
Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the uppercrustâ€¨
You get it then they move it so you never keeping up enough
â€¨If you turn on TV all you seeâ€™s a bunch of â€œwhat the f***sâ€â€¨
Dude is dating so and so blabbering bout such and such
â€¨And that ain’t Jersey Shore, homie that’s the newsâ€¨
And these the same people that supposed to be telling us the truthâ€¨
Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racistâ€¨
Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didnâ€™t say s***â€¨
That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one eitherâ€¨
Iâ€™ma part of the problem, my problem is Iâ€™m peaceful
â€¨And I believe in the people.
Of course, everyone is entitled to their political views and opinions and for that, I donâ€™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. Thatâ€™s when the crowd got antsy and things got tense. People began booing Fiasco and yelling â€œwe get it . . . new song!â€ Eventually, Fiascoâ€™s microphone was turned off, but that didnâ€™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 wasnâ€™t going to stop. Thatâ€™s when The Hamiltonâ€™s security got on stage and â€œsuggestedâ€ that he leave. Doors opened for the event at 9:00 pm and by 11:45, I was in my car heading home. Letâ€™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!
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.