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Lupe Fiasco vs Barack Obama

There are some interviews you don’t forget in a hurry and that was the case two years ago when I interviewed Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco. As the standfirst put it, he had a lot to say about his 360 deal, …

Tue, Jan 22, 2013, 14:04

   

There are some interviews you don’t forget in a hurry and that was the case two years ago when I interviewed Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco. As the standfirst put it, he had a lot to say about his 360 deal, the stand-off with his label, losing cash and his opposition to the US military complex. Given why he’s in the news at the moment, it’s interesting to recall that he also had a pop at US President Barack Obama back then too, as this extract from the interview shows.

“I’ve never been a fan of the American system because of the education I got from my mother, who used to pick cotton when she grew up in Mississippi, and my father, who was very political. Sure, it’s a milestone to have a black man in the White House, but look past that and the precedent has been set in Africa. There’s already been black presidents who’ve been corrupt so it doesn’t strike me that having a black man in office means he’s going to be the messiah.

“Obama came in and gave $700 billion to the bankers off the top as opposed to giving $700 billion to the poor. The reason we have a deficit is because of the military spending which is ridiculous but which we have to support dictators across the world to maintain America’s financial and economic interests. Instead of slashing the military budget to fight the deficit, Obama slashed after-school programmes, education budget and the pay for federal workers. They’re looking to cut the peoples’ legs off before they cut the military’s legs off.”

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