K’naan Does Not Approve Mitt Romney’s Message
Last night after Mitt Romney won the primary in Florida, he did what politicians always do. As he waves to the crowd with his family in tow, a patriotic song swells in the background. As Mitt’s photographic moment played out, the song playing was K’naan’s “Waving Flag.”
It turns out that Romney’s camp did not get approval from the rapper to turn the 2009 anthem into his campaign theme song. The Somalian-Canadian MC turned to twitter to let his thoughts be heard:
“Yo @mittromney I am K’naan Warsame and I do not endorse this message,” the rapper tweeted.
In a statement released today, K’naan elaborated that he was offended by the use of the song and does not endorse the candidate in any way. Warsame and his legal team are currently exploring their options in order to prevent Romney from further using the song during his campaign to become the Republican candidate for president.
“If I had been asked, I would certainly not have granted it,” The Troubadour explained. ”I would happily grant the Obama campaign use of my song without prejudice.”
K’naan released his More Beautiful Than Silence EP last week.
Props to Hip Hop Wired.