Marco Rubio Takes Rap Obsession to Senate Floor, Quotes Wiz Khalifa, Jay-Z in Filibuster

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Marco Rubio has never been shy about his rap fandom, telling GQ that Tupac's "Killuminati" is among his favorite songs and offering Spotify playlists packed with Kanye, Pitbull, and Flo Rida.

But last night probably marked the first time Rubio took his hip-hop love to the Senate floor, where he quoted Wiz Khalifa and Jay-Z to support Sen. Rand Paul's 12-hour filibuster against drone attacks.



As usual, there are a couple of ways to look at Rubio's rap obsession. It's refreshing to see a GOP senator acknowledging a major part of American popular culture and calling Jay-Z a "modern-day poet."

Sure, this could all be some focus-group-tested ploy to bring a new demographic into the Republican fold, but honestly, the intersection of Jay-Z fans and GOP faithful is pretty tiny on the Venn diagram, and Rubio tossing out a few lyrics won't change that. (Plus, as the Atlantic has pointed out, if the rap thing is a political front, why wouldn't Rubio eschew Tupac, the son of radical leftists, for Biggie, who rapped in the guise of a small businessman making it big?)

But there's also something undeniably disconcerting about a guy who's the new face of a party that has spent decades preaching intolerance of gays, minorities, and immigrants, repping a genre that, by and large, stands for the opposite.

As our own Kyle Munzenrieder wrote of Rubio putting Tupac's "Changes" on his last Spotify playlist:
The sad irony of a Republican senator loving this song is almost too much to bear. If Rubio burned CDs of this track for every Republican on Capitol Hill, how many congressmen would realize, "Wait, our policies are kind of racist"?
Did anyone on the floor have that epiphany while listening to a Jay-Z lyric last night? No?

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17 comments
Bigdic
Bigdic

Overheard at a Mother's day conversation. Rubio's Mother:...He should have been just a blow job instead.


Frank Castle
Frank Castle

he thinks he knows about hip hop...old school hip hop is the true poetry not the modern crap they have now

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

It's time to recall Marco Rubio or vote him out of office.



the republican party is not party it's a mental condition

 
it time Ban campaigning while earning a public paycheck.

Government service should be temporary; not a career.


Bigdic
Bigdic

Jay-z & his twat old lady Beyonce think they're black royalty. Rubio thinks he's fucking Fidel with a cigar stuck in his mouth. The two of them should have agreat big man crush & bung hole each other. The only rapping they will do it on the door to get out of hell when they die like squealing pigs. P.S. I heard you need to strap a 2x4 across your back when you fuc Beyonce for fear of falling in that big smelly hole.

jsceen1
jsceen1

If this doesn't convince the sheeple that this idota from Hialeah isn't a clown, there is just no way they will ever see it.  What more do you want americans? 

This clown represents you?  

Lauren Samantha
Lauren Samantha

Out of all the intelligent quotes available through hip hop, he chooses "work hard, play hard" and "it's funny what seven days can change"? This man is a payaso.

George Hoover
George Hoover

OMG SO HE DID HAVE COTTON MOUTH!!! MAS AGUA PORFAVOR!!!

Jim Cooper
Jim Cooper

Rubio is a traitor who voted for the indefinite detention of Americans in the NDAA. He only joined the filibuster when he saw how popular Rand's actions were on twitter and fb.

Raul Diego
Raul Diego

Quick, get the man some water for his cotton mouth

jsceen1
jsceen1

@mckernan_b NO!  This guy is the biggest scumbag.  He is suuuuch a conman!  He does not represent me or anybody I associate with. 

robbie.barrios
robbie.barrios

Alot of our new rappers are to me, a 64 year old, what Bob Dylan was in the 60's....and the GOP will embrace that?  I doubt it

jsceen1
jsceen1

@robbie.barrios Jay-Z was a crack dealer before he began rapping.  It's a fact which Jay-Z confirmed in his documentary. 

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