Lupe Fiasco Condemns Violent Lyrics in Music

The rapper rails against glorification of violence during Twitter rant.

Posted: 03/25/2013 03:00 PM EDT
Lupe Fiasco

These days it seems like Lupe Fiasco is making more headlines for his actions and his Twitter than for his music.

In just the last few months he got into a Twitter feud with fellow Chicago rapper Chief Keef and got kicked off stage at an inauguration party where he repeatedly performed anti-Obama lyrics. Sunday, he once again took to Twitter, this time to sound off on violence in hip hop.

The "Skateboard" MC used the social media site to denounce what he feels is an epidemic of violence in all media, but specifically in hip hop.

Lupe takes the entire entertainment industry to task, saying, "Violent music (and all violent media) effectively says its ok to be violent. It provides positive reinforcement for negative actions."

Lupe continued, calling out other rappers for absolving themselves of any responsibility for the increase of crime in inner cities, tweeting, "If you rap and make violent music then own up to it. Stop hiding behind "art imitating life" as a way to evade the guilt."

Lu's tweets may have been sparked by 50 Cent's recent appearance on CBS' Sunday Morning program, where the hip hop mogul stated that his music does not glorify violence.

All in all, the "Superstar" MC posted 19 tweets in just under an hour, with most appearing to be in response to feedback he received from followers and one that referenced a recent incident in Brunswick, GA, where a 13-month-old baby was allegedly shot and killed by two teenagers.

The increasingly controversial Lupe did not mince words when it came to calling out the industry that made him famous, and even acknowledged that he had made violent music himself in the past, but noted that it gets old.

"I've made violent music. Done violent things. Most of my friends are violent. Lived in violent neighborhoods seen violence first hand."

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