Nicki Minaj sparked debate with her politically minded verse on the remix to â€œMercy.â€ Now President Obama himself is speaking out about the Young Money rapperâ€™s bars backing Mitt Romney.
â€œIâ€™m a Republican, voting for Mitt Romney/ You lazy bitches is fu**inâ€™ up the economy,â€ rhymes Nicki on the cut off Lil Wayneâ€™s Dedication 4 mixtape.
While some interpreted it as an endorsement of the Republican candidate, Obama viewed it as her playing a character. â€œIâ€™m not sure thatâ€™s actually what happened,â€ he said during an interview with Power 95.3â€™s â€œObie and Lil Shawn Morning Show.â€ â€œI think she had a song on there, a little rap that said that, but she likes to play different characters, so I donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going on there.â€
Nicki thanked the President for getting her. â€œHa! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always doâ€¦ *sends love & support* @BarackObama,â€ she tweeted.
She was also flattered that he would take the time to react to the rap. â€œAwesome! Now I can tell my grandchildren that the 1st black President of the United States took the time to address a Nicki Minaj question.â€
While his daughters Sasha and Malia donâ€™t listen to Nickiâ€™s music, the First Couple does have hip-hop on their playlists. â€œWe have a nice hip-hop collection on our iPods,â€ said Obama.