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Rubio knows hip hop [Video]

Sen. Marco Rubio really knows his hip hop:


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Politically-minded fans of hip hop have known for a while that Rubio is a fan of Tupac and West Coast gangsta rap.

I thought he was saying that only to seem accessible to younger voters (well, voters of his generation and younger). Rubio, apple of the Tea Party’s eye, couldn’t possibly be a true fan of a thug poet, much less be able to distinguish between Pac’s music and Wayne’s — even Weezy can’t seem to manage that.

But, alas, in the spirit of the culture, I have to say that Sen. Rubio apparently knows his shit when it comes to hip-hop music.

I agree with Rubio (a rare sequence of words for me) when he says Lil Wayne is no Tupac. Sure, Wayne may be a lyrical savant, but his verses never achieve the poetry and sociopolitical awareness that Tupac’s did.

Pac rapped about how things were where he grew up, how things were in disenfranchised inner-city ghettos all across America, and how things needed to change. And while Weezy wants the listener to imitate him (or try to), Pac clearly wanted the younger generations to emulate him, that is, to adopt what was good about him and avoid his many pitfalls.

Tupac preached that changes in the mental ghetto — the mindset shared by the rich and poor of any color — needed to precede changes in the physical one.

Wayne insists that the only problem with people in the ghetto is that they live in the ghetto. So, for Weezy, the goal of a young black man should be to make money however he can and move to wear the grass is actually green. And is the excess money put towards improving conditions in the ghetto? Of course not. It’s spent on mountains of stuff — stuff to help you forget who you are and where you come from.

But back to Rubio…

Notwithstanding his being a poor judge of politics, it warms my heart to learn that he’s not entirely a lost soul. He knows what’s up, if he doesn’t know how to fix it.

Now I’m wondering which side he’s on in the Pitbull/Wayne beef?

Pitbull disses Lil Wayne in ‘Welcome to Dade County’

About Hector Luis Alamo, Jr.

Hector Luis Alamo, Jr., is the associate editor at Being Latino and a native son of Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. He received a B.A. in history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his concentration was on ethnic relations in the United States. While at UIC, he worked first as a staff writer for the Chicago Flame and later became the newspaper's Opinions editor. He contributes to various Chicago-area publications, most notably, the RedEye and Gozamos. He's also a cultural critic for 'LLERO magazine. He has maintained a personal blog since 2007,, where he discusses topics ranging from political history and philosophy to culture and music.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


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