On June 20, hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco went head to head with Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Fiasco defended his statements calling President Barack Obama a terrorist. Before reading further, check out this video!
The incident highlights a longstanding trend in music where artists face off against Big Brother.
Depending on your political views and attitude towards government, perhaps Lupe Fiasco emerged the victor in this mini-debate. Maybe the tried and tested O’Reilly factored in for the decisive victory.
Lupe Fiasco, known for his anti-establishment views, is hot off his March album release of Lasers and is currently promoting his upcoming Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album. Despite his strong political opinions, Fiasco has said in the past that he does not vote in U.S. elections or involve himself in U.S. politics, which he calls “meaningless.”
While the views of Lupe Fiasco may be controversial, the fact that he conveys his message in song and then takes time to address reporters demonstrates a media maturity that numerous other artists in the industry lack. It’s not like he pulled a Kanye West and blurted out on live TV that, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people!”