Lupe Fiasco says he doesn't regret calling Obama 'the biggest terrorist'

The rapper says he was blacklisted for his 2011 comments about the president.
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   June 11, 2014 at 8:20 PM

NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) -- Katie Couric sat down with Lupe Fiasco for the latest episode of her Yahoo! News web series, Katie Couric World 3.0, where the outspoken rapper said he has no regrets about his inflammatory comments about Barack Obama.

Fiasco sparked outrage in the hip-hop world back in 2011 when he called the president "the biggest terrorist" in the country.

"I was immediately blackballed," Fiasco told Couric. "I lost a lot of friends."

"It was a wake up call for me, personally, professionally, artistically," he said.

"My black president is Nelson Mandela. Africa has always had black presidents so, my scale, being a black president isn't anything new. It's new to America, yes, but I'm a global citizen, I look around the world. So my bar is someone who really fought for peace. Not someone who's continuing wars around the world," the Chicago native added.

Despite the controversy, Fiasco continued to speak out against the president. In 2012, he told Power 99FM's Mina SayWhat that Obama was a "great speaker" who "kills little children."

Fiasco also performed at a RockON inauguration party in January 2013, when he launched into a 30-minute tirade during his headlining set.

"Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza Strip was getting bombed," Fiasco rapped at the time. "Obama didn't say s***. That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either."

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