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Rapper Threatens Romney with Legal Action

By James Hirsen   |   Thursday, 02 Feb 2012 11:23 AM

Someone other than Newt Gingrich is now upset with Mitt Romney. A rapper has publicly complained that the Republican presidential candidate used his song “Wavin' Flag” without permission.

Somali-born, Canadian-based rapper and songwriter K'Naan has released a statement indicating the Romney campaign had played the song without consent after Romney’s Florida primary victory speech.

K'Naan said even if the campaign had sought approval, he would not have granted permission. However, the rapper indicated that he would happily grant President Barack Obama's campaign authority to use the song.

K'Naan said he is seeking legal action to make sure Romney does not use his song again.

Romney spokesman Rick Gorka claimed the song was used via the campaign's standard blanket license. Gorka also indicated because of K'Naan's statement, the rap tune will not be used in the future.

K'naan, born Keinan Abdi Warsame, was co-spokesman with Bono in the effort to raise awareness of the 2011 Eastern Africa drought. He also performed in various concerts to benefit the cause.

In addition, he has been promoting Canadian legislation to increase medical assistance to countries in Africa.

“Wavin' Flag” was co-written and co-produced by Bruno Mars' production team, The Smeezingtons. The song became an international hit in 2010.

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