Hip-Hop Split over Obama’s Inauguration on MLK
By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
January 21, 2013
Similar to the country of America itself, Hip Hop is divided over the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. In what was meant to be a buildup of momentum celebrating Obama’s inauguration at Sunday’s StartUp RockOn concert, Lupe Fiasco was asked to leave the stage at Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. after stretching out his performance into a 30 minute rant against the President’s handling of international relations.
The event’s organizers HyperVocal insisted that they removed the performer because “the bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance… left the crowd vocally dissatisfied,” even though his political opinions have been well-documented in the past. But the incident didn’t leave much of a damper as festivities continued with a return of The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II, arranged by Russell Simmons at the Harmon Center.
The day of Obama’s inauguration coincided with Martin Luther King Day, and he commemorated the civil rights leader’s legacy by swearing in on the late Reverend’s Bible. The musical lineup included a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” by long-time supporter Beyoncé.
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