Barack Obama has had more of a presence in hip-hop than any president in modern history, but Mitt Romney has really gotten some lyrical play in the past month.
Days after Nicki Minaj shot down rumors that she would be supporting the Republican presidential candidate, Kanye West took a shot of his own. G.O.O.D. Music's anticipated Cruel Summer album won't officially be released until September 18, but the LP leaked to the Web on Thursday, and in addition to that off-the-wall feature from R. Kelly on the opening track "To the World," 'Ye throws a quick jab at Mitt Romney.
Oh, and he repeats it, just to make sure no one misses it.
Including a quick shout-out to Rick Ross and his hit "Hold Me Back," West spits, "I be all up in Goldman Sachs like these n---as tryna hold me back, these n---as tryna hold me back/ I'm just trying to protect my stacks/ Mitt Romney don't pay no tax, Mitt Romney don't pay no tax."
Mr. West is pointing to Romney's refusal to make more than two years of his tax returns public, while CNN reports that Mitt requested to see at least 10 years of tax returns from potential vice-presidential candidates. Democrats have been after Romney to be more open with this financial records, but Romney says he's already done what's required of him.
Kanye took a more direct route to attack Romney than Nicki Minaj did on Lil Wayne's Dedication 4 freestyle "Mercy." The line ("I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/ You lazy bitches is f---ing up the economy") had fans up in arms, outraged that the YMCMB rapper would potentially support Romney. It took President Obama weighing in to finally get Nicki talking about the line.
"I'm not sure that's actually what happened," Obama said when asked if he'd heard that Minaj might vote for Romney. "I think she had a song on there, a little rap that said that, but she likes to play different characters. So I don't know what's going on there."
"Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do... *sends love & support*," Nicki wrote in response.
Who had the better Mitt Romney line: Kanye West or Nicki Minaj?