Nicki Minaj Is Probably Not Voting For Mitt Romney
After a year in which her rep as a legitimate rap artist has been dented by an album that split its time between dense rhymes and enormous, danceable beats, America has suddenly decided to take Nicki Minaj seriously. And all it took was her bigging up rich white dude Mitt Romney on a verse over G.O.O.D. Music's "Mercy."
"I'm a Republican, votin' for Mitt Romney/ You lazy bitches is fuckin' up the econ'my," she raps near the end of the verse, which appears on Lil Wayne's Dedication 4 mixtape. The Internet, whose geniuses often struggle with understanding rap lyrics, took her at her word: Google News has blown up with stories about the mention, with Twitter/Reddit/4chan distillery BuzzFeed among many outlets to publish a post to the effect of "Nicki Minaj is voting for Mitt Romney!" without engaging the context of the song.
That bloggers, reporters, and Twitter users would do this is unsurprising—engaging with the context of rap can be difficult!—but taking rappers at their literal word is almost always a no-no, especially when the lines take to the absurd.
The Romney bar is between "And all these bitches is my sons, yeah, c-section," which is one of many literally impossible and figuratively creative "All you bitches is my sons" shots she's taken in the last few years, and another one of many Nicki shots at "you lazy bitches," which has come to be her shorthand for haters. To begin the verse, she gender-flips Big Sean's clunking "Drop it to the floor, make that ass shake" to "Drop it to the floor, make that dick shake" and suggests "my homegirl slurp it like a milkshake"; two bars after the Romney "endorsement," she's "out in Miami," "chillin' wit' a zombie."
Those bars are likely not literally true, but that they are figuratively possible is the point.