Last week, Jorge Rivas reported on the parts of the internet caught up by a Nicki Minaj line on Lil Wayne’s new Dedication 4 mixtape: “I’m a Republican, voting for Mitt Romney / You lazy bitches are fucking up the economy…”
While most folks assumed Minaj, who often raps from the point of view of different assumed personas, was just engaging in artistic license, some folks thought she was making a real confession of her politics. (Not sure where these folks were when Jay-Z and Nas released “Black Republican” in 2007.)
This morning, Obama was asked about the lyric in a phone interview Orlando hiphop station Power 95.3’s The Obie And Lil Shawn Morning Show. You can listen to Obama’s answer above, in which he explains that he and Michelle aren’t old yet, and that they try to keep their iPods current and in touch with popular culture.
But the real magic happens when the President of the United States has to explain Nicki Minaj’s ouvre to the nation. “I’m not sure that’s actually what happened,” said Obama. “She likes to play different characters, you know, so I don’t know what was going on there.” Not sure if President Carter ever had to expound on David Bowie’s Thin White Duke period.
Minaj confirmed on Twitter that she was, you know, rapping:
Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do… *sends love & support* @barackobama— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 10, 2012
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— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 10, 2012
And in case you’re concerned that Obama is too cool, just listen to how he dad-splains Minaj’s guest verse as “a little rap.”