Sen. Marco Rubio listens to Backspin, loves old school West Coast rap

When Sen. Marco Rubio first announced his candidacy for president, he revealed that he was a fan of SiriusXM’s Backspin channel, which plays old school rap from the ‘80s and ‘90s. In an interview this week on Fox News’ Outnumbered, Rubio once again spoke about his musical preference.

“There’s a SiriusXM channel called Backspin and it runs all the stuff from the ’90s. I dunno, maybe I’m getting old,” he said. “Especially the stuff that came out of the West Coast and California in the ‘90s when Dre and, you know, Tupac went West Coast and abandoned the East Coast. That was a good time.”

He clarified that although he lives on the East Coast, he is actually a fan of West Coast hip-hop.

“I’m a West Coast fan. I didn’t think they should’ve shot each other and had a dispute that way, but I was a West Coast fan,” he said. “So Tupac went over to the West Coast and went to Death Row Records and they produced one of the greatest rap albums ever, which was the one that Dre put out that had ‘California [Love].’”

If you’re also a fan of old skool rap, check out Backspin for yourself. You’ll hear classic songs from artists like Run-D.M.C., A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, 2Pac, Too Short, Notorious B.I.G., Salt-N-Pepa, Dr. Dre, Public Enemy and more!

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