By Sonya Magett, EnStarz | Sep 14, 2012 11:51 AM EDT
Mitt Romney has just gained more popularity in hip-hop.
Rappr Kanye West released a new track, "To the World", for his upcoming album and the Chicago rapper criticizes Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the song.
"I'm just trying to protect my stack / Mitt Romney don't pay no tax," West raps.
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The 32-year-old is referring to Romney paying low tax rates and his refusal to release revious tax return filings.
It is not the first time Romney has been criticized for paying a lower tax rate than most middle class Americans.
"I think it just seems kinda weird that he pays a lower rate than an awful lot of middle-class people," Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol reportedly said on C-Span.
Nicki Minaj has also mentioned Romney in a rap verse.
"I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney / you lazy b-tches is f-cking up the economy," she rapped on Lil' Wayne's recently released free mixtape album "Dedication 4."
The lyric provoked an angry response on Twitter, with some users calling for Minaj's death as a result of what they saw as an endorsement.
"If Romney wins, I hope you die," said "somebody please kill Nicki Minaj" were some the tweets directed at the "Super Bass" singer.
The criticism ceased when President Obama gave his opinion on the Minaj rap verse in a radio station interview.
President Obama reportedly told Orlando radio station Power 95.3 his opinion that Minaj's various alter egos might have helped Minaj come up with the line about Romney.
"I'm not sure that's actually what happened," Obama said. "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."
When Minaj learned of Obama's comments she responded on Twitter on Monday, Sept. 10.
"Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do... *sends love & support*" she wrote. "Awesome! Now I can tell my grandchildren that the 1st black President of the United States took the time to address a Nicki Minaj question."
As for Obama's thoughts on Kanye West, the President gave his honest opinion to The Atlantic.
When asked which rapper he preferred, West or Jay-Z, the President said 'Jay-Z."
"Although I like Kanye," he added. "He's a Chicago guy. Smart. He's very talented."
When a reporter reminded him he once called West a "jackass" for interrupting Taylor Swift during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, the President responded.
"He is a jackass. But he's talented."
Listen to the audio of West dissing Mitt Romney at the 2:40 mark.
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