Republican senator Marco Rubio quoted the “modern day poet[s]” Wiz Khalifa and Jay-Z in an effort to show support for Rand Paul’s filibuster of President Barack Obama‘s nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan.
The Florida lawmaker took to the podium and started by stating, “I didn’t bring my Shakespeare book, so let me just begin by quoting a modern day poet.”
“His name is Wiz Khalifa. He has a song called ‘Work Hard, Play Hard,’” Rubio said as an audible laugh can be heard from the audience.
Following his Wiz Khalifa reference, Rubio quoted a Jay-Z lyric, saying, “it was all good just a week ago.”
This isn’t the rising GOP star’s first attempt to build up his hip-hop cred.
Rubio also responded to Lil Wayne’s recent comments about being the “new Pac.” The Republican senator explained that he thought “Tupac was more someone who was trying to inform us,” and that “there’s only one Tupac.”
While his first couple of hip-hop sidebars took place away from the political arena, his most recent references came during a serious debate about potential legal drone assassinations on American soil.
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