Rubio isn't down with J.T.
March 19th, 2013
04:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Rubio isn't down with J.T.

(CNN) - The public is gaining a clearer picture of Sen. Marco Rubio's preferred music tastes: He's in with Tupac, Eminem, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean.

But the junior senator said Tuesday he doesn't share the same love for pop star Justin Timberlake, who's releasing his widely-anticipated comeback album "The 20/20 Experience."

"Listen, he's a talented performer, but he's not a-, he's not on my iPod list," Rubio said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Even though Jay-Z appears on the album with the former 'N Sync star, the senator said he wasn't too eager to listen to Timberlake.

"No - no - you know, nothing against him. You know, he's very popular. He's just not one of the guys I listen to," he said.

"Not hardcore enough for Senator Rubio," Tapper said.

"Justin Timberlake?" Rubio asked, chuckling. "No."

Rubio, who's considered a potential 2016 presidential candidate, made headlines late last year when he said hip hop artist, Pitbull, could not compare to some of his other favorite artists, like Eminem. His comments quickly drew criticism, as the musician hails from Rubio's hometown of Miami. Rubio later clarified his statements on Twitter, saying he has "much respect" for Pitbull but his music is mostly "party music." Pitbull appeared on Rubio's Spotify list when it was released a few months later.

Maybe we'll see "SexyBack" on the senator's iPod one day, but as of now, it looks doubtful.

Filed under: Marco Rubio • Senate
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. yane

    he is trying so hard to be "in"

    March 19, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. ja

    who gives a shake

    March 19, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. sara


    March 19, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. lolo

    I agree with ja, but it still won't get him the votes. He needs to quit faking. I bet he won't let the rest of the old republicans listen to it because he would be to scared of the backlash. Just pathetic. Talk about a chameleon. LOL!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Rubio tries so hard to be hip .

    Has anybody ever read his tweets , it's like he's in high school .

    March 19, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Pander Bear

    Marco Rubio is a pandering clown.

    March 19, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Rube......please go away. We neither want or need you.

    March 19, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. sam

    Guy is trying too hard.

    March 19, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. nothing new here

    Oh come on...please.
    I am sorry that I wasted 5 minutes of my life on this nonsense.

    March 19, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Name

    J.T. is the ultimate gifted artist he doesn't need the water boy approval

    March 19, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. steve

    JT is the only one out of that list of about 5 names that has any talent

    March 19, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Clown

    Widely-anticipated..... are you kidding me, Timberlake who ?

    March 19, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. Chelle

    Seriously does anyone believe his playlist?

    March 19, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. some chick

    Trying to apeal to the young ?

    dont fly- we dont believe you.

    March 19, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Bob

    OMG! These twits are leading our Country! Yikes!!!!

    March 19, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. babs

    Poor Timberlake. How will he move on without this one fan.
    Gotta agree with Ja above. Who gives a shake.

    March 19, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  17. thinkergal

    What do I think of Rubio's "taste" in music? Yawn.

    March 19, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. Natalie

    Like it really matters what Rubio likes? The guy is a tool and just another GOP flavor of the day.

    March 19, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Bob

    Man, you have to give it to CNN - they really will go all out to elect their candidates. They don't like Republicans. Rubio is considered a rising star in the Republican Party who may have appeal to younger voters. So they run a whole story about how a musician who is popular with younger listeners isn't on the competing candidate's iPod? And they label it "Senator rips on J.T." (on the home page), when all the "article" says is it isn't on his iPod?

    When was the last time you saw a similar article about a Democrat? I wonder if Taylor Swift is on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's iPod? If Beyonce is on Harry Reid's?

    March 19, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. JD

    Really? This is a 'Ripping'... Justin Timberlake is a 'hip-hop artist'?? wow CNN is getting terrible. Sensationalism, misinformation and a waste of time. C'mon guys...

    March 19, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. larry wilson

    JT is not a hip hop artist nor is he a r&b artist he is a pop singer....period!

    March 19, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Dana

    Rubio running for DISC-JOCKEY IN CHIEF.

    March 19, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Florida Joe

    Puppet Rubio is a joke.......The future of the Repubs.......Boy you guys are in trouble between him & Rand

    March 19, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  24. George

    I'm no fan of Rubio, but he's entitled to his own personal taste in music. We all are. JT, relax. No one gets them all.

    March 19, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Nobody cares at all.

    Oh, and Tapper is a tool.

    March 19, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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