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A Timeline Of Lupe Fiasco’s Obsession With Conspiracy Theories

No one should be shocked that the rapper was removed from the stage at an inauguration concert Monday for speaking out against President Obama. He actually has a long history of 9/11-trutherism and a fervent belief in the Illuminati.

1. In 2008, Lupe Fiasco took time out at the end of his Letterman performance to tell the audience “No New World Order.”

“New World Order” refers to a conspiracy theory which insists that a cabal of the rich and powerful are working to create a totalitarian world government.

2. He’s been tweeting about the Illuminati since 2010.

3. In June of 2011, Fiasco claimed that President Obama is a terrorist in a CBS interview with Shira Lazar.

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Lazar asked him about how politics informs his music:

“No, I don’t vote… I don’t get involved in politics. It’s meaningless. If I’m going to say I stand behind this person and write on a piece of paper that says, ‘Yeah, I stand for this person,’ then I have to take responsibility for everything he does cause that’s just who I am as a human being. So politicians aren’t going to do that because I don’t want you to bomb some village in the middle of nowhere.”

4. He was involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement in September of 2011. He was interviewed at a protest about his feelings on 9/11 and the New World Order:

Activist organization We Are The Change interviewed Fiasco about the lyrics in his song “Words I Never Said,” which references his controversial views about 9/11:

“It’s just something that always stood out as a sort of elephant in the room for me… I think the New World Order is something that is deliberate and in the public… I don’t think it’s as nefarious as a lot of people make it out to be. It’s just a lot of things that we silently allow to happen.”

5. Here’s the song in question:

“Words I Never Said”

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I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit
Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets
How much money does it take to really make a full clip
9/11 building 7 did they really pull it
Uhh, and a bunch of other cover ups

6. He also believes that he was visited by aliens when he was 11 years old.

He talked about being shocked by alien visitors on the Power 106 morning show in October on 2012:

“I got a scar on the bottom of my ankle, and I don’t know where it came from — I never had surgery there, I never remember falling there. I’ve done martial arts my whole life, it could be something from that…[but] I remember waking up and just being shocked, like I was surrounded by all this electricity.”

7. He spoke to Truth Is Scary in 2012 about his belief in aliens, his views on the Aurora Shootings, and his opinions on who has the most power in America:

“But the people who really control things are the people who run Boeing, who run Ratheon, who run this military-industrial complexes, but we knew that… and the banks work with them because there has to be someplace to put your money. Who’s at the whim of who?”

8. He was then removed from the StartUp RockOn event in Washington after an extended jam version of “Words I Never Said” upset the hosts:

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He apparently went into a jarring and repetitive extended jam on “Words I Never Said” which apparently upset up those in attendance. From Hyper Vocal’s statement about their decision to remove Fiasco from the stage:

Lupe Fiasco performed at this private event, and as you may have read, he left the stage earlier than we had planned. But Lupe Fiasco was not “kicked off stage” for an “anti-Obama rant.” We are staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech. 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.

9. Lupe Fiasco deleted his twitter account in January and he has yet to publicly address being pulled from the stage.

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