Minaj: Song on album not a Romney endorsement

Rapper Nicki Minaj on Monday ended the dispute over whether she endorsed Mitt Romney in a song released last week.

The pop star, rumored to be a new judge on “American Idol,” appeared to endorse the Republican nominee while taking a shot at President Obama on the eve of the Democratic convention.

“I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/ You lazy b---es are f--king up the economy,” she rapped on “Mercy,” the fifth track on the Lil Wayne’s “Dedication 4” album.


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But there was some speculation that the line was not intended as an endorsement, but rather was Minaj in character as one of her alter egos.

Obama, clearly aware of the song, said as much on Monday while alluding to the “characters” she plays in her songs.

“I don’t know what’s going on there,” he told “The Obie & Lil’ Shawn Show” on Orlando radio station Power 95.3.


On Monday, Minaj said that the line should be attributed to one of her alter egos.

“Ha!” she tweeted. “Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do... *sends love & support* @BarackObama.”

She later added that she was grateful for the attention from the White House, tweeting, “Awesome! Now I can tell my grandchildren that the 1st black President of the United States took the time to address a Nicki Minaj question.”