Nicki Minaj got tongues wagging when her feature on Lil' Wayne's Dedication 4 mixtape hit the web. Teaming up with Weezy for a Young Money take on G.O.O.D. Music's "Mercy," Nicki proclaims that she's "a Republican, votin' for Mitt Romney."
The blogs and media outlets ran with that line and immediately screeched that Nicki Minaj had betrayed her largely minority and liberal fan base.
Except she already claimed to be chilling with zombies in that same verse and for some reason, no one took that seriously. Go figure.
The Village Voice did a brilliant takedown of the whole "Nicki Minaj endorsed Mitt Romney" ridiculousness, so head over there and read it if you feel like hemming and hawing over what should be an obvious example of hyperbole.
The rest of us (including Nicki Minaj superfan Senator Marco Rubio) would like to get back to dissecting Nicki's spectacular verse on "Mercy."
Listen to Nicki's guest verse on Lil' Wayne's new track below
There's no sense in beating around the bush: From a delivery perspective, that was probably her best feature since her "Monster" verse.
The cleverness of her wordplay with c-section, sea section and C section was sharp. And the way she switched gears effortlessly with her pacing was remarkable.
From a content perspective, she didn't stretch herself at all, as she delivered more "these bitches ain't shit" barbs. But she did manage to make it all sound a little fun once again.
If Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded had more verses like this, there'd probably be fewer complaints from the hip-hop crowd about Nicki selling out. Deliver more hot fire like this please, Nick.