Lupe Fiasco has been known to espouse some controversial views about American society and government, and over the weekend he put his money where his mouth is by attending a large protest rally in downtown New York. Dubbed "Occupy Wall Street," the protesters say they were inspired by recent revolutions in the Arab world to use "mass occupation to restore democracy in America."
While at the protest, Lupe was interviewed by an organization called We Are Change. He shared his views about the need to investigate 9/11 and the existence of a "New World Order."
"There was never really a real, proper investigation," Lupe said of 9/11 and the collapse of 7 World Trade Center or "Building 7," which many conspiracy theorists maintain was detonated by the U.S. government. "It's just something that always stood out as a sort of elephant in the room for me."
Numerous public investigations by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and others have provided evidence that the lower levels of 7 World Trade Center caught fire after the North Tower fell and burned for hours before its eventual collapse. But on his song "Words I Never Said," Lupe poked at the issue.
"9/11, Building 7, Did they really pull it?" he rhymed.
"I think the New World Order is something that is deliberate and in the public," Lupe said, when asked about secret meetings by "elites" in order to consolidate power.
"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," he said. Lupe cited average citizens who own stock in certain corporations via their 401(k) or who support ExxonMobile by filling up their gas tank as being complicit in the system that upholds the status quo.
Lupe clarified that he doesn't want to push an agenda, but sees himself as a critical thinker.
"I'm not on any side of the fence," he said at one point. "My thing is, let's just get to the truth."
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