Lupe Fiasco Removed From Stage at Inaugural Show


Lupe Fiasco took it there at a concert in celebration of Obama’s second inauguration at Hamilton Live in Washington D.C. last night (Jan. 20). After performing the first verse from “Words I Never Said,” his anti-war song taken from “Lasers” for a whole 30 minutes, the rapper made a statement about not voting for Obama in November’s election. Eventually, he was removed from the stage by security. However, event organizers continue to maintain Lupe was not kicked off for his words. Watch the footage and read their statement below.

StartUp RockOn is all about startups helping startups. At Sunday night’s Inauguration Celebration at the Hamilton Live, organizers set out to honor innovative visionaries with grants, accolades and a party worthy of the success we achieved at the RNC and DNC this summer.

Lupe Fiasco performed at this private event, and as you may have read, he left the stage earlier than we had planned. But Lupe Fiasco was not “kicked off stage” for an “anti-Obama rant.” We are staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech. 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.

The party continued as planned, and we celebrated the announcement of CodeNow’s winning the Grant Challenge. CodeNow is a non-profit startup based in Washington DC that teaches “underrepresented high school students basic skills in computer programming.