Lupe Fiasco raps about Gaza, discusses Obama and the War on Terror on the Colbert Report

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Sorry, this is a few days old at this point, but still worth posting. Lupe Fiasco performed his song Words I Never Said on the Colbert Report on Monday night. The song received attention, even before Fiasco’s album Lasers ever came out, in part for the following lyrics:

Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit
Thats why I aint vote for him, next one either…

Colbert’s interview with Lupe Fiasco discussing the war on terror, racism in Chicago and the need to criticize Obama is after the jump:

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  1. Dr Gonzo
    May 11, 2011, 2:40 pm

    Not bad… a lot of good rappers out there speaking the truth.

    British-Iraqi rapper Lowkey has got some great songs including:

    Obama Nation: link to
    Terrorist?: link to
    Long Live Palestine: link to

    Also Iraqi rapper The Narcicyst currently living in Canada has a great song about the Arab Spring in Egypt called:

    #Jan25: link to

    Then you have Immortal Technique with songs like:

    Voice of the Voiceless: link to
    The Poverty of Philosophy: link to

  2. munro
    May 11, 2011, 3:58 pm

    “Hamdulillah” The Narcicyst with Shadia Mansour
    link to

  3. maggielorraine
    May 11, 2011, 7:22 pm

    Don’t forget Master Mimz “Back Down Mubarak,” mentioned here a while back link to

  4. Siegfried al-Haq
    May 11, 2011, 8:35 pm

    While Dr Gonzo points to some great tracks, the significance of Lupe Fiasco is that his record debuted at #1 on Billboard, and his video for “Words I Never Said” (which was directed by the very successful Moroccan-American music video director Sanaa Hamdi, and which is much more explicitly political than even the lyrics are) has been viewed over 1 million times on YouTube in one week alone — the scale is completely incomparable. While pop music’s radicalism is often lost in the grind, I can’t think of another #1 musician who references Gaza and calls out Israel (in another lyric) in the hit track of his/her album, and who then goes even further and highlights this in his video. I wonder if the video is having any play on cable TV?

    Here’s a link to the video:
    link to

    • Justice Please
      May 12, 2011, 3:30 am

      Yes, Gaza and Israel are the 300-pound gorilla in the room which Lupe mentions despite all the silencing going on. And that’s remarkable.

      But the 400-pound gorilla in the room is 9/11 and building 7, which Lupe also mentions despite all the silencing going on. That’s just as remarkable.

      I think that a site like MondoWeiss, which on its favorite issues is so clearly dedicated to questioning power, questioning authority and getting the truth out, should at least make one post concerning 9/11 which would go something like this:

      “No one has explained to us convincingly how bin Laden managed to fell 3 skyscrapers (WTC buildings 1, 2, and 7) with just 2 planes. Therefore we conclude that the events on that day have not been conclusively explained to the public.

      We do not claim to know what exactly happened, and we won’t speculate on it any further, since it is not our favorite topic and we can’t cover everything. But we demand the whole truth from our government about how exactly it came that thousands of Americans died that day and the world was plunged into a new world war.”

      • Oscar
        May 12, 2011, 9:43 am

        J.P., you may be right, but I think Mondo needs to stay focused on its core mission of the I/P situation. Last thing Phil and Adam need are to be broadbrushed as “Truthers” as the critics try to discredit the website.

        But many questions remain about 9/11. is a site created by the families of victims of 9/11 asking legitimate questions about how Building 7 fell into its footprint. Alex Jones’ has a trove of information about 9/11.

        The amazing thing about the internet is that it “crowd-sources” vast amounts of raw information, providing a more complete picture of 9/11 than any “committee” is capable (or willing) to create. The majority of the 9/11 commissioners have distanced themselves from the final report, and the PNAC connections to the event and the subsequent WOT are impossible to easily dismiss. Check out Susan Lindauer on Veterans Today’s website: link to

      • Justice Please
        May 12, 2011, 6:02 pm

        “Mondo needs to stay focused on its core mission of the I/P situation”

        On the one hand, yes, and that’s why I put this line in my proposed text:

        “We do not claim to know what exactly happened, and we won’t speculate on it any further, since it is not our favorite topic and we can’t cover everything”

        On the other hand, not saying anything at all about it (and I don’t recall any position on their part about the topic) would be a mistake. Because 9/11, regardless of what exactly happened that day, was used to entangle the US of A in Israels “war on terror”. You can’t detach 9/11 from I/P and vice versa, so if your topic is “The War of Ideas in the Middle East”, 9/11 is a core issue.

        “Last thing Phil and Adam need are to be broadbrushed as “Truthers” as the critics try to discredit the website.”

        Sorry, but the last thing they need is you mixing useless fearmonger Alex Jones in with respectful sites like

      • Oscar
        January 30, 2012, 11:35 am

        JP, you and I are on the same page, except for one thing.

        Clearly, you’ve never taken the time to listen to Alex Jones’ radio show. As such, you’re buying the tripe from the MSM that he’s a conspiracy theorist and a fearmongerer. He’s not.

        I urge you to consider spending a single hour — any hour — to listen to his radio show. He has tripled his audience of listeners from 5 million to 15 million is just over the last year. Why? Because as a student of history, he has the entire enchilada figured out. Give it a try, then tell me if you still feel the same way.

  5. Linda J
    May 11, 2011, 11:21 pm

    Whudda thunk u.s. tv would be better than the BBC on Palestine?

    “Taxpayer funded BBC censors “Palestine” from rap song”

    “The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has issued this important statement regarding the BBC.”

    “BBC Radio 1xtra has removed the word ‘ Palestine ’ when playing a song by artist, Mic Righteous. In an extraordinary act of censorship, the word was filtered out of a recording as Mic Righteous sang the words ‘Free Palestine’, part of his song ‘Fire in the Booth’.”

    link to

    • Avi
      May 12, 2011, 12:44 am

      I have been following the BBC’s website in the last few weeks. When Christians in Egypt attack Muslims, the headline usually references the vague “Sectarian violence”. But, when the attackers are Muslims, editors at the BBC make sure to state so clearly in the headline.

      They also broadcast a lot of propaganda about Islam. How? Almost every evening news broadcast includes a story or two about radical Muslims. Meanwhile, violence and oppression that are attributed to Christians or Jews are either not reported or are buried in one of those 30 second roundups.

      Needless to say, in the eyes of mainstream media consumers, such manipulation creates the false notion that Muslims/Islam are not only inherently violent, but that the world’s conflicts all stem from the same source.

      The BBC’s agenda is heavily managed by the propagandist Mark Thompson, who several years ago sidled up to Ariel Sharon.

  6. Citizen
    May 12, 2011, 5:44 am

    And the beat goes on
    And new bills in Knesset
    just some new facets
    Night of the living dead
    World laws of lead
    All about Israel’s human trafficking:
    Knesset trying to subvert “every rule of natural justice” by giving the Justice and Interior Ministries total authority over immigrants and non-Jews. These ministries will then have extrajudicial power to determine policies, “introduce procedures, execute them, judge them, and” decide on their legality, irrespective of Israeli and international law.
    link to

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