Nicki Minaj caused a mini-controversy last week, when she appeared to endorse Mitt Romney in a song on Lil Wayne's Dedication 4 mixtape (also known as the editorial page of hip hop). And because this is America, Barack Obama himself was recently asked about the surprising lyric in an interview.
"I'm not sure that's actually what happened," Obama told Orlando's Obie and Lil Shawn. "I think she had a song on there -- a little rap that said that. But she likes to play different characters, so I don’t know what’s going on there."
The YMCMB rapper was apparently flattered by Obama's response, taking to Twitter Monday to thank the president for his understanding:
Minaj is hardly the first hip-hop figure to take a stance on the election. In an earlier interview with The Huffington Post, Minaj's sometimes collaborator 2 Chainz said that he could beat Romney if he wanted to ("he's just rich as sh-t, that's all").
Obama appeared (via video) at Jay-Z's Made in America Festival performance this weekend, asking the crowd to vote and saying he enjoyed the rapper's songs. The president has also courted the favor of Common, whose attendance of a White House event drew surprisingly harsh condemnation from conservatives who objected to the rapper's lyrics.
Republican rappers are far and few between, though 50 Cent has compared himself to George W. Bush and LL Cool J attended the 2004 Republican National Convention.
And thus concludes another round of Talib Kweli Was Right.
Obama's interview is available for listening above. More on Nicki/Romney below.