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U.S. senator quotes Jay-Z, Wiz Khalifa during epic filibuster
By Billboard staff, Billboard

Billboard -- Hip-hop entered the Senate chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday night, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) dropping references to "modern-day poets" Wiz Khalifa and Jay-Z during a 12-hour filibuster by one of his Republican colleagues over the government's drone policy.

A die-hard rap fan who counts Tupac among his favorite artists, Rubio was yielded the floor by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who had been speaking for hours to block a vote on President Barack Obama's pick of John O. Brennan for CIA chief.

Paul's objective: to draw attention to the question of whether the Obama administration would ever deploy unmanned aerial drones to kill Americans believed to be terrorists.

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"It's an easy question. It should have been a resounding, an unequivocal, 'No,'" Paul said at one point. "The president's response? He hasn't killed anyone yet. We're supposed to be comforted by that."

Rubio took the dais and began by referencing Khalifa when noting that he was happy to be in D.C. rather than back home.

"Let me begin by quoting a modern-day poet. His name is Wiz Khalifa. He has a song called 'Work Hard Play Hard,'" he said with a smile on his face and laughter in the chamber. "You look at the time, I think it's a time when many of our colleagues expected to be home, back in the home state playing hard, but I'm happy we're here still working hard on this issue."

He then hypothesized about what the nature of the debate -- and the question of drone use on American citizens -- would be like if George W. Bush were president. Naturally, Jay-Z came to Rubio's mind.

"That takes me back to another modern-day poet by the name of Jay-Z. One of the songs that he wrote, 'It's funny when seven days can change, it was all good just a week ago,'" he said, quoting the track "A Week Ago."

He continued, "Well, I don't know if it was all good a week ago, but I can tell you that things have really changed. Because if the president was George W. Bush and this was a question being asked of him and his response was the silence we've gotten, we'd have a very different scenario here tonight."

Rubio has made his love of hip-hop known before, telling GQ that Tupac Shakur's "Killuminati" is one of his favorite songs and putting Sugarhill Gang, Kanye West and fellow Floridian Flo Rida on his official Spotify playlist.

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Jun 25, 2013 5:58AM
Its all about strategy. Maybe its a tactic to get the younger crowds' votes or a way to appeal to the younger generation?
Mar 7, 2013 3:45PM
He has raised eyebrows among those Palm Beach conservatives?  Tupac and Rubio?   The odd couple?
Mar 7, 2013 3:13PM
:........modern day poet" (Laughing!!!).  Singing about bling, calling women bitches, women's body parts, man that crap is just what it is, crap.  Still laughing!!!!
Mar 7, 2013 1:01PM
The far right have really become kooks.  I used to be a republican, but not anymore.
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