When he's not answering questions about science and his potential to run for president in 2016, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is talking about ... hip-hop. In a new interview with GQ, he reveals some of his favorite acts along with one he absolutely can't stand. Peep portions of the Q&A below and read the full thing over at GQ.
When asked to name his favorite Afrika Bambaataa song.
"All the normal ones. People forget how dominant Public Enemy became in the mid '80s. No one talks about how transformative they were. And then that led to the '90s and the sort of East Coast v. West Coast stuff, which is kinda when I came of age.
"There's a great documentary on Tupac called Resurrection about the last few years of Tupac's life and how he transformed. And, ironically, how this East Coast rapper became this West Coast icon, back when all that Death Row/Sean Combs stuff was going on. Hip Hop's 30 years old now and it's crossed over and sort of become indistinguishable from pop music in general.
"You know, many people say Nicki Minaj is a rapper, but she's also a singer. Kanye's another guy who's also a rapper, but his songs aren't pure rap anymore. There's also all these collaborations going on, which confuses everything. You know you've got the guy from Miami, Pitbull, who's on TV selling a car and then he's advertising for Dr. Pepper."
His three favorite rap songs.
"'Straight Outta Compton' by N.W.A. 'Killuminati' by Tupac. Eminem's 'Lose Yourself.'"
"The only guy that speaks at any sort of depth is, in my mind, Eminem. He's a guy that does music that talks about the struggles of addiction and before that violence, with growing up in a broken family, not being a good enough father."
"His songs are all party songs. There's no message for him, compared to like an Eminem. [...] I mean, he's not Tupac. He's not gonna be writing poetry."