Romney facing legal action over victory song

Rapper says he did not give permission

Published On: Feb 01 2012 08:51:15 PM EST
NEW YORK -

The rapper K'Naan is upset that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used his song "Wavin' Flag" during his Florida primary victory speech, and is seeking legal action as a result.


In a statement released Wednesday, K'naan says Romney's campaign did not seek approval to use the song and that he would not have granted permission if it had.


The Somali-born, Canadian-based rapper says he would happily grant President Barack Obama's campaign the use of the song.


"Wavin' Flag" was an international hit for K'Naan in 2010. The song had several country-specific remixes, featuring artists from those territories. It was co-written and co-produced by Bruno Mars' production team, The Smeezingtons.


K'Naan says he wants to make sure Romney does not use his song again.