Lupe Fiasco

  • Aired:  05/09/11
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Lupe Fiasco wears his smart glasses to speak out against Obama, the war on terror and segregation in Chicago. (4:48)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT

IS A HIP-HOP ARTIST WHO

WANTS TO OVERTHROW THE

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT OH

GOOD, A NUMBER OF TEA PARTY,

PLEASE WELCOME LUPE FIASCO.

HEY, GOOD TO SEE YOU, THANKS

SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, SIR,

YOU ARE A GRAMMY WINNING

HIP-HOP ARTIST.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: THAT'S IT, RIGHT,

GRAMMY, YOU KNOW YOU HAVE

MADE IT NOW.

I'M A GRAMMY WINNER.

YOU'RE A GRAMMY WINNER.

WE'RE KIND OF EQUALLY ARTISTS.

>> MAYBE.

DEFINITELY SOME SIMILARITIES,

IN THE SAME FAMILY.

>> IT'S LIKE LOOKING IN A

MIRROR.

>> GOT MY SMART GLASSES.

THAT'S BETTER.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

LET ME-- LET ME PUT ON MY

COOL GLASSES.

>> HOLD ONING LET ME PUT ON

MY COOL GLASSES.

>> Stephen: OH, YEAH.

NESS I CANNOT SEE A THING.

>> PEOPLE KNOW THOSE ARE

PRESCRIPTION.

>> YOU ARE A FOUR EYED NERD.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: NOW HAVE YOU

WRITTEN SOME STUFF AND THE

SONG ARE YOU DOING TONIGHT

CRITICAL OF PRESIDENT OBAMA,

ARE YOU OVER OBAMA BUT ARE

YOU FROM CHICAGO.

HOW YOU CAN CRITICIZE

PRESIDENT OBAMA?

>> WELL, I THINK-- ALWAYS

CRITICIZE POWER.

>> Stephen: ALWAYS CRITICIZE

POWER?

>> ALWAYS, EVEN IF YOU AGREE

WITH IT YOU SHOULD CRITICIZE

POWER.

>> Stephen: EVEN IF YOU

AGREE WITH POWER YOU

CRITICIZE IT.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: I BELIEVE YOU

SHOULD TODY TO POWER BECAUSE

THE SUITS ARE THE ONES WHO

PICK UP THE CHECKNESS WE PAY

FOR IT WE ACTUALLY SIGN

THOSE CHEX.

YOU KNOW, I'M THE TAXPAYER

SO IT'S LIKE THAT GIVES ME

THE RIGHT TO CRITIQUE

EVERYBODY.

>> Stephen: BUT IF YOU ARE A

TAXPAYER WOULDN'T THE

ULTIMATE CRITICISM POWER BE

NOT PAY YOUR TAXES.

>> I WILL BE LIKE WESLEY

SNIPES THEN.

>> Stephen: YEAH, YOU WOULD.

>>

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE SAID

YOU ARE CRITICAL AND AGAIN I

CAN'T READ ANYTHING ON THESE

CARDS.

YOU ARE AGAINST THE WAR ON

TERROR.

>> YES CAN.

>> Stephen: I ASSUME THAT

GIVEN WHAT HAPPENED LAST

WEEK, IN PAKISTAN YOU

CHANGED YOUR MIND?

>> NO, NOT NECESSARILY.

>> Stephen: WHY, WHY,

BECAUSE CAN'T --

>> BECAUSE I DON'T SEE ANY

END TO IT IT'S NOT LIKE A

WAR OF ATTRITION.

>> Stephen: WE JUST WON.

WE JUST WON.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WE GOT ONE GUY.

>> Stephen: EXACTLY.

WE GOT THE GUY.

>> BUT NO, NOT REALLY.

>> Stephen: IT'S LIKE

THROWING THE RING NOT FIRES

OF MORDOR.

ITS'S DONE, ARE YOU JUST

COMPLAINING BECAUSE YOU

DON'T KNOW HOW TO RIDE SHOT

BIN LADEN IN THE

EYEWITNESSES RIDING WITH HIM

HIGH.

>> Stephen: RIDING WITH HIM

HIGH.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: I WAS RIDING

WITH HIM HIGH, I SHOT BIN

LADEN IN THE EYE THAT IS NOT

BAD.

THAT IS NOT BAD AT ALL.

>> THAT IS WHY THEY PAY ME

THE BIG BUCKS.

>> Stephen: YOU COME FROM A

RADICAL PAST.

YOUR FATHER WAS A BLACK

PANTHER.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: DO YOU BRING ANY

BLACK PANTHER FIGHT THE

POWER MENTALITY TO YOUR

MUSIC OR IS THIS THE WAY YOU

LIVE YOUR LIFE.

>> I BRING IT TO ALL PARTS

OF MY LIFE.

I PRACTICE WHAT I PREACH AND

I PREACH WHAT I PRACTICE, SO

MY MUSIC IS NO LESS AN

EXTENSION OF MY LIFE AND THE

THINGS THAT I WAS TAUGHT AND

THE WAY I WAS RAISED IN

CHICAGO.

>> Stephen: YOU SAID CHICAGO

WAS AN UNBELIEVABLY RACIST

PLACE.

>> IT IS VERY SEGREGATED

CITY.

>> Stephen: I LIVED IN

CHICAGO FOR YEARS.

I DIDN'T NOTICE ANY RACISM

IN OLD TOWN OR THE GOLD

COAST.

THAT WAS VERY NICE UP THERE.

I DIDN'T SEE ANY BLACK

PEOPLE.

(LAUGHTER)

THIS ALBUM, LASERS THIS WAS

BEING HELD ON TO BY ATLANTIC

RECORDS.

>> CORRECT.

>> Stephen: AND 250 OF YOUR

FANS MARCHED ON ATLANTIC

RECORDS AND DEMANDED THAT IT

BE RELEASED.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: AND THEN THEY

DID SO.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: IS THAT BECAUSE

WITH TODAY'S MUSIC BUSINESS

IF 250 PEOPLE BUY T IT'S THE

NUMBER ONE ALBUM?

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

>> WELL, ACTUALLY, 200,000

KIDS CAN BOUGHT THE FIRST

WEEK AND THAT MADE IT THE

NUMBER ONE ALBUM.

>> Stephen: DAMN!

CONGRATULATIONS.

WELL, BUDDY, ARE YOU READY,

ARE YOU READY FOR THE

COLBERT BUMP.

>> LET'S DO IT.

>> Stephen: OKAY, 200,000,

LET'S DOUBLE THAT, 400,000.

SHALL WE.

>> LET'S DO IT.

>> Stephen: WHEN WE RETURN

WE'LL HAVE A PERFORMANCE BY

LUPE

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