President Obama makes no qualms about his nodding head to hip-hop music. It started out with the safe choice, Jay-Z, that played in his iPod earbuds; and eventually Nas and Lil Wayne crept into his diverse music collection. It comes as no shocker that he’d heard through the grapevine of Nicki Minaj‘s verse on Dedication 4‘s “Mercy” where the Barb proclaimed she was a Republican voting for Mitt Romney. When the president was asked by Orlando’s 95.3 radio station about the topic he coolly explained that everything a rapper raps isn’t literal. Exactly, O.
Obama is too cool to be bothered by Nicki’s line. “Yeah, I’m not sure that’s exactly what happened. She likes to play different characters.” As in, he doesn’t really think Nicki is “endorsing” Romney. Here one can only think of one verse by BK’s finest: “Whoever thought that hip-hop would take it this far.” All the way to the White House, Biggie. “I don’t think [Sasha and Malia] really listen to Nicki Minaj that much,” Obama told the radio station. “But let’s face it, they are now hipper than me.” But as parents the girls keep the First Lady and her husband pretty hip. “We’ve got a nice hip-hop collection on our iPod,” he said. You’ve got to love (or hate?) the intertwining of music and politics.
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