So, Obama held his inauguration on MLK day, which is just incredibly ironic given how out-of-sync his policy decisions have been with anything the radical civil rights leader and ever stood for. Beyonce lip-synced (but Aretha Franklin says it’s cool so I don’t really care), and Lupe Fiasco was kicked off stage after voicing some criticisms of the Obama administration. He performed the song “Words I Never Said,” here’s the scoop:
So, the inauguration is a bullshit spectacle of political showmanship, alright. Symbols (like the MLK bible on which Obama took oath) are used/abused to further propaganda along with boiled-down bullshit that passes for mass politics. But Lupe Fiasco wasn’t even performing at the inauguration: his show was on Sunday night at The Hamilton (one block away from the King’s Keep [The White House]). Not only that, but it wasn’t even organized by the government, but by a bunch of vague “networkers” who named their party StartUp RockOn.
These are some of the song lyrics that pissed off the event hosts, who pulled the plug on Lupe after he refused to get off stage.
Keep you at the bottom, but tease you with the upper crust
You get it, then they move it, so you never keeping up enough
If you turn on TV, all you see’s a bunch of what-the-fucks
Dude is dating so-and-so, blabbering ’bout such and such
Now, compare this to the words of Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense:
Youths are passed through schools that don’t teach, then forced to search for jobs that don’t exist and finally left stranded in the street to stare at the glamorous lives advertised around them.
Word. What can we learn from this turn of events? How about that the administration, the powers that be, the mass-produced corporate-political media machine, is trying their darnedest to quash any space/event/dialogue critical of what has turned out to be the most opportunistic sunovabitch of a president we’ve ever seen. Fortunately, Lupe Fiasco isn’t alone in his growing discontent with Obama and with electoral politics as a whole. Numerous members of the hip-hop community have been voicing their discontent with a president who had repeatedly failed to live up to anything he (seemed like he) stood for.
But don’t take my word for it, check out some videos of these voices of discontent:
Here’s a great song by Killer Mike, titled “Reagan:”
British rapper Lowkey’s song, “Obama Nation (Part II)” addresses similar themes. Note the word play, on Obama Nation/ “abomination” and the lyrics, in which Obama is described as “a master of disguise, expert at telling lies.”
The music video is kinda shitty, but nonetheless:Tweet