The story that is usually told by politicians is that rap music is a symptom of American culture in decline. In the 1990s, you could hardly find a politician on either side of the political aisle that wasn’t itching to demonize hip-hop for its perceived ills.
Who could forget Vice President Dan Quayle in 1992 calling legendary rapper Tupac Shakur’s acclaimed 2Pacalypse Now “a disgrace to American music?” Or when Pennsylvania Representative C. Dolores Tucker lead a national crusade against gangster rap music, citing the misogyny and negative depictions of black people were destructive to African-American culture. Over and over, politicians went out-of-there way to denigrate hip-hop, hoping to win cheap political points with their older rap-fearing constituency.
Two decades later, the world has changed. As hip-hop enters its 40th year in existence, it is hard to find a person under 50 that has not been influenced by hip-hop to some degree. Thus, it makes sense that you will find politicians that are hip-hop fans.
In celebration of Election Day today, XXL is looking at some prominent politicians that expressed their love of hip-hop.