Although Fiasco was booked as the headliner for the StartUp RockOn concert in celebration of Obama's reelection, the 30-year-old Chicago rapper apparently had no plans to cheer the current administration. Instead, after taking the stage at The Hamilton in Washington, he reportedly announced that he didn't vote for the president in the 2012 election and spent more than 30 minutes performing an anti-war song.
Josh Rogin, staff writer for The Cable, described the encounter:
Matt Dornic, senior director of public relations for CNN, also posted a tweet describing the concert's unexpected turn of events:
This is not the first time the Grammy-nominated artist has criticized the president. Last summer, while doing press for his album "Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1," he described Obama as a child-killer, Complex magazine reported.
"I'm talking about ordering a drone attack," Fiasco said. "Ordering drone attacks that go and kill mothers, innocent bystanders, children. Militants too, but the collateral damage. You're responsible for that, too."
Hypervocal, which co-founded StartUp RockOn with EventFarm and Fighter Interactive, later released an official statement about this incident, saying Fiasco was not kicked off stage for his anti-Obama rant.
"This was not about his opinions. Instead, after a bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied, organizers decided to move on to the next act."