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.