I’m a fairly big fan of Lupe Fiasco. I think his albums are slick, I think his lyrics are, for the most part, sharp and smart, I like that he’s an equal opportunity attacker when it comes to politics, and I think that he channels his anger into his art more effectively than most. I thought his last album was a little bit of a disappointment (though his recent performance at the MTV movie awards was nothing short of spectacular); he seemed to hold back in the interest of a wider, more moderate reach, and it worried some people who thought Lupe was retooling his image for better crowd appeal.
Well, apparently that isn’t the case. At least not generally. In an interview about his new album with CBS, he decided to call President Obama a terrorist (apologies for the little Ron Paul PSA in the beginning of this video).
Okay, so now fans of Lupe might recognize that this isn’t the first time he’s gone after Obama. Last time – kind of like this time – it seemed like he was making a cheap ploy for attention by going against the grain and declaring that the would not vote a second time for Obama on the L.A.S.E.R.S. album:
It’s one thing to have an opinion about the President, but to write
negative “raps lyrics” about the President is ludicrous. Lupe Fiasco, a
Muslim faithful, wrote in one of his songs: “Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza Strip was getting burned, Obama didn’t say sh-t, That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either…”
Now, look, I hope that the Right doesn’t pile on and applaud Lupe (though I do think they should buy his album for music’s sake) just because they think he’s some sort of Speak-Truth-to-Power rap artist with a penchant for hyperbole. He’s still Lupe Fiasco and he’s still calling people racist and he’s still expressing somewhat limited understanding of the Middle East conflict and while that’s not particularly unusual for a celebrity, insanity sometimes tends to disappear into the background when someone gets all momentarily conservative. I did, however, enjoy that Lupe has a fairly decent hold on the concept of taxpayer standing to challenge government action, as he Tweeted:
He also seems to have a third party sort of mentality. Someone should candidate recruit him.