Kanye West: “Mitt Romney Don’t Pay No Tax”
Hip-hop, once called the CNN of the streets, has always been political. Although the level of conscious political hip hop has waned with the uptick of materialism, we still hear Lupe Fiasco taking on Obama, Jay-Z fundraising for Obama, Nicki Manaj talking schizophrenic about Obama, and, of course Kanye West…sayin’ stuff.
What would hip hop be without the occasional blurbs of Mr. West? West is most remembered for his less than eloquent pronouncement that “George Bush don’t like black people.” Now he’s back, this time discussing Romney’s tax situation.
The Huffington Post reports:
Kanye West knocks Mitt Romney in the first song off Cruel Summer, the highly anticipated G.O.O.D. Music compilation album due in stores on Tuesday.
“I’m just trying to protect my stacks / Mitt Romney don’t pay no tax,” West raps on “To The World,” a song which also features R. Kelly. The lyric is an obvious reference to Romney’s low tax rate and refusal to release a substantive number of tax returns.
It’s not just that Mitt Romney’s tax rate is low, it’s that he refuses to turn over multiple years of tax returns, so we don’t know if he paid any taxes for multiple years.
Romney reportedly requested 10 years of tax returns for his short list of potential vice presidential picks, but doesn’t feel it his responsibility to turn over 10 years of returns to the American public. And until Mitt Romney settles that question, Kanye West, and whomever else, can say whatever they like. It’s up to Willard “Mitt” Romney to prove them wrong. Release the returns, Mittens.
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