Lupe Fiasco

Hip-Hop Rumors: Lupe Fiasco Reveals Why He Refuses To Pledge Allegiance To The Flag


Outspoken Chicago MC, Lupe Fiasco knows how to keep his name in the headlines, doesn’t he? Whether it’s admitting that he’s not voting in the upcoming Presidential election, or Twitter beefing with Chief Keef and D.L. Hughley – Lupe makes sure that his opinions are heard.

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Just two days after his new LP, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, was released, Lupe is making headlines over a lyric on the track, “Strange Fruition.” On the track, Lupe raps about not pledging allegiance to the flag during the National Anthem. Check out the lyrics below:

“Now I can’t pledge allegiance to your flag,” Fiasco raps. ‘Cause I can’t find no reconciliation with your past/When there was nothing equal for my people in your math/You forced us in the ghetto and then you took our dads.”

Lupe has good reason not to pledge, and has cited the way he was raised and his religious faith as a Muslim that omit him from the American tradition. Check out what he told MTV’s RapFix Live below:

“I don’t know if I should speak on that, to be honest. My moms and my pops told us when we were little kids, ‘You don’t say the pledge of allegiance. More from a religious kind of thing, halfway. You pledge your allegiance to God and that’s it. Being Muslim and things like that, you don’t pledge allegiance to no flag.”

So, do you think it’s a big deal that Lupe doesn’t pledge allegiance to the flag? How many of you out there feel the same way?

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  • I’m not Muslim but I still agree with Lupe… As a convicted felon I am not allowed to vote so why should I pledge allegiance to the flag or care about anything associated with the government or politics? I am a citizen of planet earth I just happen to be stuck in the United States. That doesn’t mean I have to like it here or participate in anything…

  • johnblacksad

    again, don’t mind this n!gga… he’s only doin that to ‘stand out’ not realizin how more and more stupid he looks… ain’t he not supposed to sing if he a muslim ‘like that’?!
    Just like some ninjaz i know that don’t fugg with pork but will do any other sin you can think of… i ain’t even knockin nobody, this kind of ‘hypocrisy/contradiction’ is within all of us so i’m not really mad at that… my problem with this lupe negro right here is how he is always saying/doing some dumb sh!t JUST TO STAND OUT, just to be different! What a waste!

    That album very good tho!

    “until you find out what planned obsolescence is”… Lupe (thinkin he’s the only one who’s ever read a book… typical Lupe tone)

    • Dope lyric though!
      Lupe > 2 Chains

    • alhaji tj

      must u be christian i guessed,do you worship God because u don’t sin or what you trying to say…..

  • jetlife54

    Lupe one ignorant ass ninja, noone cares what u say or do, and ur music sucks end of story

    • ILLAmusic

      I bet u a huuge 2 chainz fan hahaha

      • Casor_Greener

        2 Chainz!!! ROFL

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  • Nemesis_Enforcer

    I wonder if Profanity is ok. Last I checked, it was not. So we pulling the Muslim card for not pledging? I do like his lyrics though. Those are a REAL reason not to.

  • Abrasive Angel

    Some of us refuse to pledge allegiance to the flag for that reason so why is this making news because Lupe admits to the same thing? Looking for controversy? Are black people supposed to sing the national anthem too because it does include racist lyrics but that verse hardly anyone knows about. Patriotic negros?

    • Alf Capone

      aye my nigga…………can u please explain the racist lyrics in the national anthem……..i tried looking it up and cant find it………….whats racist about this………..
      O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light
      What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming.
      Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
      O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming.
      And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
      Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
      Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

      On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
      Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
      What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
      As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
      Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
      In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
      ‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

      And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
      That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
      A home and a country should leave us no more!
      Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
      No refuge could save the hireling and slave
      From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
      And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

      O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
      Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
      Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
      Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
      Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
      And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
      And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

      • ILLAmusic

        Re-read the lyrics…when it mentions slaves! How likely you think that they considered it the “land of the free” ?

      • Alf Capone

        i had a feeling u might mention the “land of the free” line…….i get ur point……….but i think u might be reaching a little

      • ILLAmusic

        ” no refuge could save the hireling and slave

    • stfu. u can leave if u want.

  • Galactus

    I don’t dig Lupe’s music like that, but he does drop very important jewelz. The same reason he don’t sing the national anthem pledge alleigence to the flag is the same reason i don’t. And if you do, more power to you, but there’s no sense in pledging your alleigence to the empire when the empire STILL acknowledges you as A SLAVE.

    • lol u r confused

      • TALK_BOSS

        Why u say that? ……

      • TALK_BOSS

        Nevermind……

      • Lamar Star

        That nigga is the pot callin the kettle black, even though I hate using that anology because there is nothing wrong with being black in the literal sense, the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice

      • Galactus

        @iLLWiLLTHEMiCK:disqus Lol Not At All Fam. I’m Very Aware. Wise Up On Them Jim Crow Laws brah, shit iz real.

  • insaneangelic

    Not a big deal
    Iran’s Ahmadinejad just called for a new world order

    • Per

      Chalk that up to lost in translation. What he was saying is we need balance in the world not just America and Europe (Western powers) making all the rules. Now don’t get me wrong Ahmadinejad is crazy but that was real talk. The world needs balance.

  • Why do minorities hate this country so much. I’m sure he
    gets treated like a slave flying across the country, doing tours making that
    American money.. if he hates this country or don’t respect it then leave. Things
    look real good in Libya or he can try Saudi Arabia, I’m sure they will except
    him with open arms..

    • 7yoyo7

      So singing the national anthem is mandatory to show that you love your country? He didnt even talk shit about the U.S. he is just against pledging allegiance to any flag.

      Dude came from westside Chicago, he raised money to change his neighborhood ever since he started his career but the dopehouse next to his old crib is still there. Government officials haven’t done shit. Each person has his own right to feel bitter about whatever reason…

    • Abdullah

      Hitler killed 6 million Jews, Do you ever see Jews pledge allegiance to the Swastika? Now, America killed 100 MILLION AFRICANS during the SLAVE TRADE, Why would we as minorities pledge allegiance to a FLAG that took our NAME, CULTURE, RELIGION,FAMILY AND NOT TO MENTION KILLED 100 MILLION OF US? COME ON DOESNT MAKE SENSE!!! SECOND OF ALL DavDutch your people CAPTURED US WE DIDN’T ASK TO COME HERE!

  • get this dude out of the country!! this ninja dont know anything about anything! he just makes bold statements for attention wih no real idea of what he talks about. bill o’really owned him, and i hate bill o’really!!!!
    If you cant respect america for what it is now and how it has helped you become rich, then just get the F outt!!

    • haha numb nut, do you live in america too? how the f would you like it my friend when we get forced into austerity like greece and spain? america has been an imperialist country long before you were born and probably will be after you die. until you understand americas sick and twisted history, you’ll understand why all that overblown patriotism will lead to major blowback.

      • oh i understand it. but theres no place better, if u think thee is then adios amigo, go an an live there. Overblown america hate is worse.

      • Lamar Star

        Amerikkka in terms of being better in comparison to other countries is like one opposite end of the same pole, and having to make a choice between either end of the pole for better, or for worse is like a rapist asking his potential victim if he or she wants to get f*cked with are without the condom. Either way youre still getting f*cked against your will.

      • cool story bro

      • johnblacksad

        LMAO!

        Overblown america hate gets the shaq face! I’ll respect this n!gga once he joins the people that ‘deserve’ to call Obama a terrorist and live with them… don’t stand here with gold rollies tryin to despise america!

  • dubbcity

    People need to stop it with that lame cliche ass line ” if you don’t like it leave” bs. Let’s not have selective memory to history or the worlds ill. Would u pledge to certain things u don’t believe in based on conformity? Stop it! Would u pledge alligence to your dad if he beats and rapes your mother just cause you live in his house (that really ain’t his by the way he murdered and stole to get)? Stop it!

    • Lamar Star

      Truth

    • Kevin Farley

      he doesnt have a problem being paid in american currency, or being on a major label and makin money for the 1%

  • toreal

    Fukkk the pledge! Why pledge to a country that says it’s ok to have a kkk to hate black people?

  • SDS_Overfiend

    Maaan….. This Nigga Burnt out Cuh!!

  • BulldogCG

    its his right to feel how he feel, he not wrong, but he not necessarily right either, I mean he cashing a check that he is afforded through capatalism and is allowed to spread his message freely because of the constitution. His message does need to be heard,America has oppressive tendencies, but he couldnt even be Lupe Fiasco in some environments. Double Consciousness shit.

  • OaklandOxymoron

    At least his dissent with the status quo has a foundational reason. People nowdays will dissent because its trendy. Props to him for not letting pop culture trends dictate his decisions

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  • ‘jews dont salute the fvckin swastika but niggaz pledge allegiance to th

  • TO EACH ITS OWN….MUCH RESPECT

  • OCYRUS

    f@&k this bullsh!t how come none of these election hope-fulls are talking about the murders in the ghettos of the USA? especially Chicago noooobody is talking about that wheres the outrage for that and what kills me is the people aren’t making it a priority for this to be a topic of discussion for this election… who needs health care if your found dead in the street? and if your in prison its free anyway! Ain’t Obama from Chicago?

    • insaneangelic

      Amen brotha take that outrage about him and direct it towards the summer madness and the horrible school systems.

  • Lupe is a good example for taking politics backwards.
    Come on where’s the logic here? Yesterday Game wanted to feed the
    poor with energy drinks. Here we have Lupe trying to be political.
    Pledging allegiance to the flag is everyone’s own private decision.
    Nobody forces people to do it. There are reasons to be proud as
    an American and there are reasons not to be proud. Same goes
    for any nation on earth. Even though nationalism is by far
    overdrawn. We all live on earth, no matter the district.
    Then on the other hand you have Lupe saying he is a Muslim.
    What kind of Muslim? An African American NOI hobby muslim
    or a real sunny or shia muslim? Muslims do pledge to their flags
    Probably not in the US, but in muslim countries don’t dare not to
    do it.
    Here we have Lupe who is telling people about personal freedom,
    and then his best idea to come up with is using Islam as a backing?
    Islam is the most facist and racist religion on earth. It’s 0 tolerance.
    and even Lupe can be happy to be born in a considerably free country.
    Maybe he should try a place like Somalia or Pakistan. He will be back
    to America just a few month later and act as if he never said these things.

    The problem is most rappers are uneducated.
    I am not an American citizen, but I’ve been around the world.

    Maybe that is what people should do before talking politics.

    • Spyz District

      “Islam is the most facist and racist religion on earth” I stop reading after that dumb ass sentence

      • Have you ever been to the middle east? Might be an eye opener for you.

      • johnblacksad

        as of now… it is my friend! No dis no one’s faith but it is what it is…
        Spanish inquisition has had its moments, but right now, Islam is carryin that torch.

    • johnblacksad

      Problem is Lupe is just a tiny lil bit more educated than the average rapper, so he thinks he the Nietzsche of the hood… smh

    • Abdullah

      Yeah that was a very ignorant statement “Islam is fascist religion” I hate when people judge “ISLAM” based on “MUSLIMS” and even worse they judge “ISLAM based on policies of so-called “MUSLIM COUNTRIES” like “SOMALIA and PAKISTAN” let me remind you when ISLAM met the WEST almost 1000 years ago via the MOORS, the MOORS taught the WEST and EUROPEANS about democracy and law as they know it today and sparked the RENAISSANCE.

      But the real question is “WHO PUTS SOMALIA AND PAKISTAN IN THIRD WORLD CONDITIONS? WE ARE AFFORDED FREEDOMS IN THE WEST AND EUROPE BECAUSE OF OUR EXPLOITATION OF THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES!!!” Your cell phone, computer, car, and even clothes are either manufactured or it’s materials are derived from these third world countries. So America has a financial interest in keeping these countries in a third world condition, America and the Zionist control the policies and politics of these countries in order to control the resources and labor for the products that we use!

      The problem is that you have been around the world but don’t understand WHY these countries live in poverty. You just see starving kids in a hut or village and automatically say OHHH ITS FASCISM…. no ask yourself WHY?? You just think its fascism or dictators but dont understand that these stooges are place in Pakistan and Somalia so that multi-national corporations can rob and pillage the natives land of it’s national resources.

      AMERICA dint enslave millions of Africans 400 years ago because of DEMOCRACY and TERRORISM no they enslaved of us because of their FINANCIAL INTERESTS!

      AMERICA DIDN’T COMMIT TANTAMOUNT ETHNIC GENOCIDE ON THE NATIVE AMERICAN’S because of DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH…NO IT WAS BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL INTERESTS!

      AMERICA DIDN’T ESTABLISH THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE THEY WANTED FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION, THEY ESTABLISHED AMERICA FOR FINANCIAL INTERESTS!

      You are a fool if you think America or any other Western country is fighting wars in the name of DEMOCRACY…BS. They are over in these countries for FINANCIAL INTERESTS….Lupe Fiasco is jaded and educated enough to understand this particular dynamic!

      That is politics, not the sugar coated version you get in your history books!

      • America is of course a big factor, but by far not the biggest. I am half Ghanaian half German living in China. I have seen the world. Of course you can blame America for a lot of problems, but nobody is forbidden to educate themselves and change their own lives for a better. You are mentioning the Moors. They are a small portion of the Islamic world. They were from Mauritania. But it was not the first encounter with the Islamic world on the European side. Also you are jumping back a thousand years. The United States did not exist back then.
        To make a point here, no matter how much you want to put any non white people into the victim role. Fact is the world is not all peaches and cream. Black people are oppressing each other sometimes better than whites are doing it to us. And back to Islam. If you read the Qur’an. Assimilation of the people who don’t believe in Allah is necessary. Anybody who resists should be punished. It used to be the same idea in Christianity during the dark ages. But contrary to the Christian Bible it is written in the Qur’an as mandatory. It is written in several of the suras. Fact is because of all this religious madness, the Europeans / Americans can just lean back, because they know Africans and Arabs technologically are so far behind, so there is no reason to fear any of us.
        Just always remember. Wherever there is something a human can take advantage of over other, there is a human who is going to take advantage of it.

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  • Smashit

    I feel what he saying & it’s true – why should we pledge anything to a flag? To show we American? Are we American??? We citizens and have rights and our country is strong and stands united with liberty and justice for all… OH REALLY??? Don’t pay your taxes and see how equal you are, take out student loans & get a degree & not be able to get a job, you still better pay that loan or they coming for the shirt off your back – we have a black President but this country is still only for the rich & you can’t say it’s our option to pledge to the flag because if your an athlete and you don’t stand or pledge for the flag they fine you… let’s get it straight people – I don’t pledge shit other than to work hard to provide for my family & hopefully leave enough money for them to buy me a small place to lay when I die in this land of the “free”

  • Tril Beats

    I feel him… the American Flag is Tainted!! Free Country right??

  • real OG

    I am always suprised buy the fact anyone likes this guy