Sen. Marco Rubio, the rapper-quoting Republican from Florida, called on rap lyrics from Jay-Z during a long-winded filibuster that took place for nearly 13 hours on Wednesday (March 6).
The filibuster, was spearheaded by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who talked for hours and held up the confirmation of CIA nominee John Brennan in order to bring attention to the policies surrounding the government’s use of drone air strikes against American citizens.
Sen. Rubio joined the talk-marathon with a few lyrics at the ready.
“I didn’t bring my Shakespeare book so let me begin by quoting a modern day poet,” said Rubio. “His name is Wiz Khalifa. He has a song called ‘Work Hard, Play Hard.’ If you look at the time, it’s a time when many of our colleagues expected to be back in the home state playing hard, but I’m happy we are here working hard on this issue.”
After quoting Khalifa and The Godfather (“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”) Rubio dashed off a line from Jay-Z. He asked what this protest would look like if President George W. Bush’s administration was at the heart of the drone controversy, instead of President Barack Obama.
“That takes me back to another moden day poet by the name of Jay-Z,” he continued. “In one of his songs he wrote, ‘It’s funny what seven days can change, it was all good just a week ago.’ I don’t know if it was all good but I can tell you things have really changed.”
To be sure, the specific Jay-Z lyrics cited were originally placed in a song about a person who snitched on his criminal partner and is now at odds with his friend for violating the no-snitching street code.
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