Move Over, Clint Eastwood: Nicki Minaj Votin' for Mitt Romney (and in Miami, She's Chillin' with a Zombie)

Extremely popular, nip-slip-prone, and foul-mouthed rapper Nicki Minaj is apparently voting for Mitt Romney, if a new release featuring her and Lil Wayne is any indication. (Read all about it here.)

Around the 1.35-minute mark in "Mercy" from Lil Wayne's Dedication 4, Minaj rhymes, "I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/you lazy bitches is fucking up the economy/Out in Miami/I be chillin' with a zombie..." (Listen below.)

Despite having the GOP ticket's music choices be rebuffed by bands ranging from Twisted Sister to Rage Against the Machine to Silversun Pickups, it seems unlikely that Romney is going to invite the "Starships" songstress to (m)any events.

Then again, perhaps it isn't strange at all that Minaj is Republican. Two years ago at The Root, Thomas Chatterton Williams wrote with dismay about "The Inherent Conservatism of Hip Hop":

An adamantly atheist rap star is as inconceivable as an openly gay one, and the fact is, that puts hip-hop comfortably in GOP territory.

In terms of class consciousness, Public Enemy and X-Clan notwithstanding, hip-hop as a cultural movement is undeniably aspirational and never revolutionary: The biggest, baddest hip-hop rebels -- from Cam'Ron to Fabolous to Mobb Deep to the late Biggie Smalls -- are remarkably bourgeois at heart, with 1950s-era dreams of parking gas-guzzling Cadillacs in front of cookie-cutter tract homes in New Jersey. If anything, hip-hop is the enemy of a radical challenge to the capitalist status quo.

"I can't help the poor if I'm one of them," raps Jay-Z on The Black Album, though Ronald Reagan may as well have been his ghostwriter. In this way, the "God MC" is actually more like a thugged-out Michael Steele, a black man who profits personally by lending the illusion of diversity to a system that ignores and exploits poor people of all colors. Is it really surprising that Steve Forbes would put Jay-Z on the cover of his magazine?

Click to listen to Lil Wayne and Minaj:

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  • tarran||

    W.... T..... F.....

  • Christina||

    Oh, come on. Snoop Dogg, I mean, Snoop Lion endorsed Ron Paul months ago. How is this surprising?

  • tarran||

    No, that was a reaction at the pictures accompanying the article.

  • ||

    That pic of Minaj looks like it was designed by a 13 year old boy. Which, I guess is technically half of her audience. But ye gods. Sell me a little, make me believe you have a soul in those dead eyes. Even drugged up 19 year olds in low budget porn do it better.

  • Sam Grove||

    Her eyes appear to be closed.

  • CosmoWenman||

    Nicki Minaj on bossing up (and not accepting pickle juice):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpt8WkyW4Pc

  • Ice Nine||

    "you lazy bitches is fucking up the economy"

    Sure, he isn't going to invite her to any events but that is speech-writing gold. Couldn't he find a place for her on the staff?

  • Ice Nine||

    Also, uh, people actually buy that shit??

  • John||

    It is not called generation retard for nothing.

  • ||

    Two words: Kanye West.

  • ||

    Not sure if you heard, but disliking mainstream rap/hip hop means you are racist.

  • ||

    I'd guess that a lot of the people that strongly dislike "mainstream rap" are black! Or is that part of the joke here?

  • ||

    Um

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Extremely popular, nip-slip-prone, and foul-mouthed rapper Nicki Minaj is apparently voting for Mitt Romney...

    The foulest thing out of her mouth, to be sure. I call on the Romney campaign to repudiate the misogynistic things she's probably rapped about.

  • ||

    "I can't help the poor if I'm one of them," raps Jay-Z on The Black Album, though Ronald Reagan may as well have been his ghostwriter.

    Well, that utterly disproves Jay-Z's proposition. I am now convinced that it is right and proper for Jay-Z and others to sit around poor and wait for government help

  • pantherlax||

    I've been wondering about this for a while. I've never once heard any hip-hop/rap whatever song glorify paying taxes nor extoll the virtue of wealth redistribution. I wait with bated breath for Thomas Frank's 'What's the matter with hip-hop?'.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I've never once heard any hip-hop/rap whatever song glorify paying taxes nor extoll the virtue of wealth redistribution.

    Ummm....pantherlax? I'd like to introduce you to Public Enemy. Public Enemy, patherlax.

  • T||

    Elvis was a hero to most
    But he never meant shit to me you see
    Straight up racist that sucker was
    Simple and plain
    Mother fuck him and John Wayne

  • pantherlax||

    Point taken, 'never' was a poor choice. But you did have to go to a group that hasn't been relevant since like '92 unless you count being chewed up and spit out by the reality television industry as relevance.

  • ||

    And you were right. Rappers in the last decade, I've noted, often concentrate on things like telling 'the Man' to fuck off, lay his lands off his shit, and a condemnation of everything from police authority to political abusiveness.

    No wonder the pinkos are enraged -- those damned, uppity Uncle Tom rappers aren't fully compliant with their agenda!

  • ||

    *off their shit

  • ||

    If you seriously think that hip hop artists today are more independent and more likely to rap about controversial shit and oppression in its various forms than they used to be, then I'd honestly suggest that you study the subject a little more. But I'm guessing you don't really care about it that much (not hat I blame you).

  • Atlas Stoned||

    "often concentrate on things like telling 'the Man' to fuck off, lay his lands off his shit, and a condemnation of everything from police authority to political abusiveness."

    1990s Mobb Deep ("queens bridge murderers") definitely imbodied this.

  • ||

    Have you heard of Talib Kweli? Lupe Fiasco? Common?

  • Randian||

    What does Common have, like two songs? BFD. I think you made up the other two.

  • GILMORE||

    Only white kids with backpacks listen to that stuff

  • ||

    Relevant? Don't look now but P.E. is high on the charts in the UK! 5 year old song, but they revived it for an ad for the Paralympics and it took off

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCx5Std7mCo

  • GILMORE||

    they revived it for an ad for the Paralympics and it took off

    There are many things wrong with that sentence.

    The least of which is that you imply that the tune has also had parts amputated.

  • ||

    And while I didn't mean to imply it I suppose that's actually true anyway, as the ad only used part of the song.

  • ||

    Here's the paralympics ad for anyone who hasn't seen it. Pretty good I think.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKTamH__xuQ

  • GILMORE||

    they revived it for an ad for the Paralympics and it took off

    or =

    "I heard the song had whole sections removed but still performed remarkably well"

    "They don't call it hip hop - in this case, its just Hop"

    The ad was called, "one legged marathons are @()#*$ hilarious"

  • ||

    I wasn't trying to make a joke actually, but I like all three of those options ;-)

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Even after her mutation, Imma wreck Nicki's ass.

  • Killazontherun||

    To answer your question from yesterday (I didn't get back from a family event until very late), yup, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The best thing to come out of Durham since, well, probably its incorporation.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Nice. They're playing NH next week.

  • Proprietist||

    Sarcasm?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    No. Artists never create characters that have different views then they hold.

  • T||

    And Nicki Minaj's stage persona is a character. A cartoon character, mind you, but a character.

  • califernian||

    Michael Steele, a black man who profits personally by lending the illusion of diversity to a system that ignores and exploits poor people of all colors

    That's his take on Michael Steele? Where do these people come from?

  • ||

    The recessionary cesspool of the human genome.

  • hotsy totsy||

    On the other hand, is there anything more pathetic than someone whose Facebook status states "I love waking up in the morning knowing Barack Obama is my President"....

  • ||

    Aren't 50 Cent and the NWA crew (sans Ice Cube) all social conservatives (at least in rhetoric)?

  • ||

    You think they even vote? And against the empty chair in chief no less?

  • ||

    As far as I can tell, they either support Obama because he's black, regardless of politics, or are apolitical, and don't seem to give a shit beyond their own lyrics.

  • Killazontherun||

    50 Cent as late as the spring of '08 had a hard time believing someone named Barrack Hussein Obama was running for president. I believe it was Jesse Walker who noted it at the time.

  • Upgrayyed||

    Yo bitch you didn't build dat!

    http://deadpresidents.tumblr.c.....-president

  • mr simple||

    Well, I'm pretty sure it was Britney Spears endorsement that clinched it for Bush in 2004.

  • Matrix||

    Homeowner shoots burglars. Homeowner and wife are arrested for causing bodily harm

    It must suck to be a peasant in the UK. Even burglars have more rights than law abiding citizens.

  • ||

    Expect lengthy prison sentences and censure. It's routine on Limey Island for this to happen.

    '28 Days Later' is a how-to manual on solving the world's UK problem.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Only the wife is responsible for her husband's actions? Why not arrest the other 62M residents of Limeyland as co-conspirators, including the burglars?

  • tarran||

    Iron Maiden said it best:

    You can't protect yourselves even in your own home
    For fear of "Vigilante!" cries, the victims wipe their eyes
    So now the criminals they laugh right in our face
    Judicial system lets them do it, a disgrace

    Despondent public worries where it all will end
    we can't protect ourselves our kids from crime the trend
    We cannot even warn each other of evil in our midst
    They have more rights than us, you cannot call that just
  • Agammamon||

    You know, those lyrics would probably go well in a "Goldie Lookin' Chain" song.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvuxYxmlfrc

  • Killazontherun||

    nip-slip-prone

    That nip will not be denied no matter how many times she shoves it back in. The ruby colored beauty smacks its way out yelling, 'free at last! free at last!'

  • Christina||

    ::Yawn::

    Every few years or so a few white journalists notice that rappers are very capitalistic meritocratic and it blows their minds. I could quote a bajillion hip-hop songs that basically say, I'm the best, that's why I'm rich; you suck, therefore, you're poor.

  • Mongo||

    Yep - it's always been about money and tha goods.

  • ||

    Also, fried chicken.

  • Randian||

    Racist.

  • Pip||

    That is one fugly ho.

  • Randian||

    False!

  • Mongo||

    I'm into phreaky chicks.

    My current crush is that albino skank in Die Antwoord (sorry - don't know how to do a pic-link).

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    I trust Nicki be gettin herr moneys taken care of at Wu Tang Financial, yo?

  • ||

    While I haven't seen any public comments about Nicki, I'm guessing that no one in The Wu listens to that bubble gum shit much.

  • Agammamon||

    "Click to listen to Lil Wayne and Minaj:"

    Uh, no.

  • Lyle||

    Cash Money Records from New Orleans is inherently capitalist. They mention flipping a buck a few times. Not to mention... cash money!!!

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