First Nicki Minaj waded into presidential politics, now Kanye West is weighing in on the general election. In a line from his new G.O.O.D. Music compilation album Cruel Summer, Kanye West raps “Mitt Romney don’t pay no tax.” The lack of transparency on Mitt Romney’s tax returns from his campaign has been a continued source of tension and criticism during this year’s election cycle. While Kanye West isn’t exactly politically active, he’s been vocal about his support for President Obama in the past. The Huffington Post reports:
Kanye West knocks Mitt Romney in the first song off Cruel Summer, the highly anticipated G.O.O.D. Music compilation album due in stores on Tuesday.
“I’m just trying to protect my stacks / Mitt Romney don’t pay no tax,” West raps on “To The World,” a song which also features R. Kelly. The lyric is an obvious reference to Romney’s low tax rate and refusal to release a substantive number of tax returns.
Nicki Minaj also mentioned Romney in a song. On her and Lil Wayne’s cover of “Mercy,” Minaj raps that she was voting for the GOP hopeful (“I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney / You lazy b—-es is f—ing up the economy”). Suspicions that Minaj was being sarcastic were confirmed by none other than Barack Obama, who was asked about the song in an interview and said that Minaj was playing a character. The rapper confirmed Obama’s theories in a series of ecstatic tweets.
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