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Nicki Minaj: 'I'm a Republican Voting for Mitt Romney'

Is rapper endorsing GOP hopeful, or just being provocative?

Nicki Minaj
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September 4, 2012 9:00 AM ET

Is it an endorsement, or just a provocative lyric? Either way, Nicki Minaj name-drops Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on her contribution to the Dedication 4 mixtape Lil Wayne released over the weekend. "I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/ You lazy bitches is fucking up the economy," Minaj drawls over the spare beat of Kanye West's song "Mercy." As always, though, Minaj blurs the line between fantasy and reality, rapping in her next breath, "Out in Miami, I be chillin' with a zombie." (Listen for yourself below.)

Romney and running mate Paul Ryan have drawn the support of musicians including Kid Rock and 3 Doors Down, who performed last week at the Republican National Convention; while angering rockers including Silversun Pickups and Twisted Sister's Dee Snider for using their music without permission. And after Ryan said last month he's a fan of Rage Against the Machine, guitarist Tom Morello responded with a scathing op-ed for Rolling Stone

Minaj this year released her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and recently lent her song "Masquerade" to the Adidas Originals 2012 advertising campaign. 

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