Obama Drama: The real reason why Lupe Fiasco is dumb

Lupe Fiasco is super outspoken about his views on politics, spirituality, and pretty much anything else that could possibly piss people off. Lupe recently went on record as saying that he is not going to vote in the 2012 Presidential election. He has his reasons. DL Hughley caught feelings over Lupe's statement, and during an interview with HOT 93.7 in Hartford, he stated:

“He’s bright as hell, but dumb in the ways of the world. Young black men are going to listen to him. They are the ones who have decisions made for them, [decisions] that they are not even involved in, which is silly to me.”

Lupe found out about DL Hughley's comment and hit Mr. Hughley on Twitter to let him know EXACTLY how he felt about it.

Of course, folks immediately started saying that Lupe was having "another Twitter beef," probably because calling it a beef makes it sound so much juicier and more urban. I don't understand how this could count as a Twitter beef seeing as how DL Hugley didn't participate. But... ya know... whatevs.

When I learned about all of this, (after I immediately realized that DL Hughley KNEW he'd make headlines for going after the rapper who publicly criticized Obama) the ignorant side of me felt like "Why is this old dude trying to use Lupe's name to get some motherf*cking publicity, on some shady ass 'capitalize off the presidential election' type bullsh*t? Sit the f*ck down man, stick to comedy my n*gga cuz you ain't been funny since before Steve Harvey went bald."

However, the intellectual side of me couldn't help but be intrigued by this whole situation.

Ya know what's sorta starting to piss me off? Whenever somebody opens their mouth to say anything that is even slightly anti-Obama everybody gets SO emo. I mean, sure, Romney blows. If he becomes president I'll be moving my little ass to London & rocking a t-shirt that says "Long live The Queen." But still... why aren't people (black, white, or otherwise) allowed to dislike President Obama? If you are really a supporter #TeamBarak then why can't you take his many messages of acceptance and unity and apply it to the way you treat others?

I can't help but wonder if DL Hughley would have made this statement about Lupe's words impacting "young black men" if the entire situation didn't involve a black president. I mean... is it just me or does DL Hughley sorta LOVE playing the race card? This same dude stated in an August interview on SiriusXM Satellite Radio that because President Obama reacts to criticism intellectually, that makes him "closer to being a white kid." C'mon dude.  Really?  That???

This type of statement is exactly why you shouldn't take political advice from a guy who had a sitcom where his catch phrase was "Great googley moogley!"

The thing is, you shouldn't take political advice from Lupe, either. I love Lupe Fiasco. The fact that he co-signed me at the beginning of my music career still benefits me to this day. But guess what? He's a rapper, not a politician. And beyond that, he is a citizen who is entitled to his opinion. It just so happens that he has people who are willing to listen to his opinions. Is Lupe dumb for voicing them? If the mainstream music industry has people making us think about spending money and getting laid and partying, then shouldn't the industry have at least one dude making us think about about politics?

And WHY WHY WHY WHYYYYY do people think that every time an entertainer says something "controversial" about politics it is going to turn their fans into braindead zombies who automatically agree with everything they say? How is it NOT dumb that folks like DL Hughley have noooo comment on entertainers talking about sex, drugs, violence, and all that other fun stuff, but when an artist gets political suddenly it becomes a huge issue?

Here's my point, mofos:

If there is no room for differing views on the presidential race, if there is no room for people who are passionate about politics unless they agree with you, if there is no room for anyone to say anything that even sparks a debate, then maybe Lupe Fiasco IS dumb for not knowing that, and he should shut the hell up. And so should anybody else who has views that contradict what's considered normal. However, I'd like to remind you that if everyone who ever had differing views on politics in America had shut the hell up, then Barak Obama never would have become president in the first place.

DL definitely has a right to voice his opinion of Lupe Fiasco's choice to not vote, but by calling him "dumb in the ways of the world" Mr. Hughley showed disrespect for beliefs that differ from his own. The ignorant side of me doesn't give a flying f*ck about folks who can't respect other people's beliefs. My intelligent side doesn't either.

There was a time when hip hop artists were respected for caring about politics. In the past, a rapper who was politically-minded was not just an underground phenomena, they were a part of mainstream culture. Nowadays, though, intelligent rappers who openly voice their radical beliefs get written off as being angry. And also, dumb. This is happening to Lupe.

Fortunately for me, my ignorant side writes most of my songs.

When I read the Tweets that Lupe sent DL Hughley, I don't see beef. I see him defending his point that he wants to make a change without waiting around for some political figure to do it, and challenging DL Hughley to do the same. See, Lupe Fiasco is assuming that his fans are smart enough to think for themelves, so he doesn't feel like he needs to dumb himself down. The "young black men" that DL Hughley mentioned have to decide for their self what messages are right for them to follow all the time. They're not dumb. Maybe things would be different if everybody stopped acting like they are.

 

 

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  • nikki...i gotta disagree with you on this one as you missed the point that hughley was making.

    “He’s bright as hell, but dumb in the ways of the world. Young black men are going to listen to him. They are the ones who have decisions made for them, [decisions] that they are not even involved in, which is silly to me.”

    i don't even see obama's name mentioned in this quote. as i read it, he's talking about VOTING...not who to vote for but lupe said he's not voting at all...people died for us to be able to vote. that's what i read this to be saying, and i agree with DL on this. if we don't become part of the process, decisions will be made for us. example, these new voter ID laws. LBGT rights in several states...abortion...all decisions being made for other people. if we sit back and let it happen then we need to stop complaining about it.

  • In reply to misterchi:

    No, our predecessors DID NOT die just so we had the right to vote, they died so we would have equal rights and the ability to enjoy the freedoms we deserve. That includes the freedom to have radical views about the presidential elections and the entire system in general. I get DL Hugley's point, the man isn't vapid so it's difficult for me to believe that he does not at the very least comprehend that Lupe's issue is with the system in general, one that he is ACTIVELY trying to change. You don't contribute to the political landscape in this country just by voting, if people think that is all that is required then people like DL Hughley are far more of a negative influence than Lupe just for encouraging people to vote without becoming informed and active in theor communities. The assertion that DL said this because of Obama being in office is my own belief, and I stand behind it.

    Thanx for commenting.

  • Hmmm Blacks arguing over voting that is something new. Old vs New, Rapper vs comic. My issue is that DL voice is opinion and Lupe his but not to vote wow is anyone choice as well. But DL says that many young Black men will listen to Lupe well where are they many of the black youngters that are influenced by music of high profile rappers are either in the prison system or dont give a shit about voting. Any Black kid/man with a small I mean a small amount of intelligence will think for themselves and neither DL nor Lupe will influence what they will do as far as anything even voting.

    Sure we have people who can influence a person to do right and we know we have individuals that can influence people to do wrong by the amount of black men in college in relationship to how many are in the prison system.

    Sure their are people who will think Lupe is wrong and as many as will DL is wrong and that goes both way for being right, but most intelligent people dont give a shit what either thinks.

    Lupe has the right to say I am not voting and if it influences some not to vote because Lupe says so, ok just hope he does not tell them every body who is with me lets go to the Willis tower and jump from the top without a parachute.

    The same goes with DL, to jump on someone's opinion I just hope they dont follow his advice and call anyone who expresses their opinion that they are stupid because you know calling some body stupid in Chicago could get you a doctor's visit or a casket.

  • “The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”- Karl Marx.

    Politics, like the media, religion, education and etc., are Ideological State Apparatuses. ISAs function by ideology and manipulate people into accepting the hegemony in place. Lupe Fiasco is an organic intellectual who opposes hegemony by attempting to convey the ideologies and the binary oppositions that divide minorities. Binary oppositions such as black versus white, republican versus democrat, religious versus atheism and the list goes on. The only way hegemony can sustain itself is by manipulating people into accepting certain world views as status quo, as normal life. We don’t need voters but academics and organizers. Meaning, if we really want change then we need minorities, black and Latino, to develop a voice in the academic field and we need organic intellectuals, such as Lupe Fiasco, to organize outside of the academic field, expose ideology, unify all minorities by exposing that the gang life and drug-dealing lifestyle spills blood in the neighborhoods of minorities, we make addicts and prostitutes out of our brothers and sisters and live up to the stereotypes placed upon us.

    I used to view Hip-Hop as a crucial way to expose ideology. But now Hip-Hop embodies capitalism. We hardly receive any knowledge out of the records we listen to. Although perception of Hip-Hop is arbitrary, what I mean is either we produce generations of academics, organizers, organic intellectuals and free-thinkers or minorities will forever be oppressed.

    I was once asked in a graduate class, because I was the only minority in the class, whether or not I believed that a revolution was possible. I said yes because I have never seen minorities unify. Colonialism resulted in slavery for Africans and resulted in the U.S. stealing land from Mexico and murdering too many Latinos and Africans. I understand that my words will not contain merit or reason with every reader but ask yourself how long have minorities been able to vote and then ask yourself are Latinos and blacks equal in this country or still viewed as an inferior race?
    The more academics and organizers we produce, the more we can educate and unify. When minorities unify, we are then a majority that politicians, the government, the upper class, bourgeoisie, elite, whatever you call it, a majority that they fear. Latinos and Blacks have never had equal control of this country or equal representation because we never produce enough minorities to represent us. -Kobe24

    (Think about it)

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    In reply to iCosignPeoplePosts:

    I couldn't agree more my friend.

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    I am in 100% agreement with Nikki here MisterChi. I'm sorry, but Nikki couldn't have explained it better in her response. This system needs a serious makeover. If we want to make REAL change we have to start by stepping outside and actively making changes in our communities. We seem to forget this until presidential elections are in season. When our economy is in shambles we actually blame the president as if they have imperial powers. We never want to take responsibility for our communities. We rather indulge in the pop culture that voting seems to have brought along with it for the last few decades.

    We all know that voting takes place in more than only the presidential elections, but how many people actually follow politics that deeply? The media does not cover stories about local elections except for major offices. So how do you learn about small office political candidates? You have to get up off your ass and learn about them by getting involved.

    I just read a comment directed at Niki Minaj about her political beliefs and it was the most ignorant thing I've read in a while. Here it is:

    Tiffany Baker - Nicki Minaj
    IMA KEEP THIS BRIEF! FUCK U U OL DIRTY MUD DUCK ASS CUNT! AND FUCK ALL U SELFISH ASS REPUBLICANS!!! THIS BITCH NICKI DONE LOST HER FUCKN MIND.. BITCH U MUST HAVE FRGOTTEN WER TF U CAME FROM! U THINK CUS U DONE GT SOME BREAD ALL DEMOCRATS ARE LAZY AND FUCKN UP THE ECONOMY! U SIMPLE MINDED RAT.. U USED TO B BROKE TOO...U GT DISCOVERED RAPPIN ON A STAIRWELL! BITCH R U STUPID??? U WALK AROUND LIKE YO SHIT DON'T STINK..AND AN IMAGINARY GUY N YOUR HEAD! U FUCKN WEAK FAKE PLASTIC DIKE! IF I EVER C U OR MEET U I WILL SPIT IN YO FUCKN FACE N PULL YO WIG OFF! WHO R U TO JUDGE ANYBDY.. JUST CUS THE MIDDLE CLASS DONT GT BREAD LIKE U DNT MEAN THEY LAZY! I WORK HARD FR EVRY DIME I HAVE.. PAY MY FUCKN TAXES.. AND JUST KEEP MY FINGERS CROSSED THAT ROAD KILL LIKE YOSELF DIE IN THEY SLEEP! U R A SEX SYMBOL! AND ARE DEGRADING TO OUR YOUTH! UR A PSYCHOTIC ILLUMINATE CRAYON! BITCH ITS TEAM OBAMA ON MY MUTHAFUCKN MAMA!!! FUCK U AND ANYBODY ELSE WHO THINK OTHRWISE!!!!!!! 0_o

    This comment makes no valid point at all!!! Niki Minaj has a right to her opinion. This woman was just disrespectful and in my opinion sets black people back 20 years with this comment. We have to start thinking like leaders and not followers. If you're complaining because you are broke, but you work your butt off then you're doing something wrong. I agree that the middle class aren't lazy and may not get the same benefits as the wealthy, but this is the land of opportunity. If you are denied opportunity, you get up off your ass and create your own. Yes, black people have been oppressed, but this is no longer a valid excuse in the information age where we have free access to nearly anything we want.

    As for DL, his comment is very similar to this girls about Niki. Very disrespectful and short sighted. It's like black people get offended when they encounter another black person with radical beliefs. I'm not a fan of voting either, but I know I have to because this is the system we have now and that can't change until the US is willing to make it. People died for our equal rights and now we have the right to vote, but that right was given to us so we can freely stand behind our beliefs. That includes the right to believe that the US government doesn't make changes in our communities. THE PEOPLE DO! We are not sheep, but unfortunately we act like them from time to time. That will hopefully change when we learn to live on a higher level of consciousness.

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    I guess I can speak from another point that many an not...I understand the right that Lupe is exerting but when I listened to an interview with him...he said that he does not vote period...well this sent chills down my spine bc Im a Civil Right Baby and I vividly recall all that went on during that time in order for our ppl to be able to vote...so to just totally disqualify that process...no...he is socially conscious in many areas and for that I applaud him...as a parent and grand parent...Im a bit concerned at the voice that our younger generation listens to...Im not going to bash all rap but certainly much sends the wrong messages...basically I guess what Im trying to articulate is that Lupe has affluence as well as influence but also he is not facing at this current time what many are....his celebrity status affords him exclusion...so he challenged DL to 50K...ok that is a start but its gonna take more than that to turn things around in the community...true change starts at the community level and no one elected official has the power to accomplish it all...there is going to have to be massive paradigms shifts...when we collectively begin to change our minds and get a revelation about the truth...then and only then will things change...until then we will being going round and round this issue until its a wrap...

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