Is Nicki Minaj a Romney supporter?
(CBS News) Is Nicki Minaj a Republican?
It's still unclear where the rapper stands on the 2012 presidential race, but a new mixtape may offer some potential clues. Or not, considering she has various rap personas.
Either way, Minaj piqued fans' interest this week with the release of Lil Wayne's mixtape "Dedication 4," which features a guest appearance by Minaj and beats by Kanye West.Read more: Convention star power - Blurring the line between celebrity and politics
In the fifth track, "Mercy," posted online, Minaj raps, "I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy b----es is f---ing up the economy."
It's unclear whether Minaj is speaking any bit of truth in the rap, as she often blurs the lines of reality in her music. And the following lyric in the song is non-political: "Out in Miami, I be chillin' with a zombie."
Minaj's rep did not respond to a CBSNews.com request for comment.
Fellow rapper Talib Kweli, for one, doesn't think Minaj is a Romney supporter:
I doubt Nicki seriously supports Romney. Her lyrics ain't political. She just wants y'all to talk about her & she winning cuz it's working!-- Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) September 4, 2012
Still, this isn't the first politically-oriented comment from Minaj.
Vulture noted that in June, Minaj tweeted, "Just give FREE health care to all. @BarackObama what can we do?"
She added, "@BarackObama I wouldn't mind the millions they took if it was going to healthcare. Why should a poor person struggle to pay for MEDS sir?"
Romney, though, does have some support from other music artists and celebrities. Last week's Republican National Convention featured performances by Kid Rock and 3 Doors Down and a speech by Clint Eastwood. Romney's other celebrity supporters include The Oak Ridge Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Donald Trump, comedian Jeff Foxworthy, country singer Trace Adkins, KISS frontman Gene Simmons, former porn-star Jenna Jameson, actors Scott Baio and Chuck Norris.
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