Today in mixtape politics: Nicki Minaj's appearance on Lil Wayne's new release, Dedication 4, includes a couplet that suggests she's voting for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Here are the lyrics in question: "I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney / You lazy b----es is f---ing up the economy."
UPDATE: Obama was asked about Minaj's lyric. He said he felt like she may have been joking, and Nicki agreed:
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The lines seem simple enough, but much of the internet refuses to take Minaj at her word. That's partly the rapper's fault, as she is known for adopting multiple personalities (Roman, Barbie, etc.) and generally obfuscating for the fun of it. Some wonder if she was impersonating a Republican in the first line, which would make Republicans the target of the "lazy b----es" insult.
Vulture noted that Minaj has tweeted at Obama before, imploring him to go further in his healthcare reform efforts. "Even with Obama Care, too much involved," she tweeted. "Just give FREE health care to all. @barackobama What can we do?"
Rapper Talib Kweli, who is no stranger to incorporating politics into his songs, tweeted that Minaj is just hunting for publicity:
Minaj is hardly the first hip-hop figure to take a stance on the election. In an earlier interview with The Huffington Post, Minaj's sometimes collaborator 2 Chainz said that he could beat Romney if he wanted to ("he's just rich as sh-t, that's all").
Obama appeared (via video) at Jay-Z's Made in America Festival performance this weekend, asking the crowd to vote and saying he enjoyed the rapper's songs. The president has also courted the favor of Common, whose attendance of a White House event drew surprisingly harsh condemnation from conservatives who objected to the rapper's lyrics.
Republican rappers are far and few between, though 50 Cent has compared himself to George W. Bush and LL Cool J attended the 2004 Republican National Convention.
HuffPost Entertainment reached out to Minaj's rep for comment.
Nicki Minaj says she's voting for Mitt Romney......... I'm going back to Lil' Kim.
Apparently Nicki Minaj supports Romney. That makes me happy. Even though I'm not a huge fan of hers. ☺
so nicki minaj is voting for romney....i personally think that shits hilarious.
Nicki Minaj has pledged her support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a new single with Lil Wayne. Bad move?
Did Nicki really say she's voting for Romney? Hey, maybe the chick likes his plans lol
There's a #BarbieGang? o__O RT @BLHolla Ay you #BarbieGang bitches, yall still gon support Minaj after she said she's gonna vote for Romney?
SMH RT @Toure: Nicki Minaj: "I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/ You lazy bitches are fuckin up the economy." #Wha?
Nicki Minaj allegedly endorsing Mitt Romney? Now there's a sitcom I'd like to see.
I doubt Nicki seriously supports Romney. Her lyrics ain't political. She just wants y'all to talk about her & she winning cuz it's working!