Rubio isn't down with J.T.
March 19th, 2013
04:47 PM ET
2 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.


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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Bootstomper

    Yeah Tupac and Rubio in Las Vegas.

    March 19, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. No Party Patriot

    Rubio is Jerk_off, who cares what music he likes.

    March 19, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. enuff

    And Justin Timberlake is so broken hearted because of this.

    March 19, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. Jack

    Oh, yeah! The water clown is as "hip" as alexithymic Mitt tried to be.

    March 19, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. MikeB

    "All the girls say, "He's pretty fly for a white guy.'"

    March 19, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. bos bo

    Rubio u aint hip u tryin to fit in how many hits have u had just sayin

    March 19, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. jnpa

    Who does he think he's kidding? Eminem? Come on Rubio, get serious!

    March 19, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Rob Johnson

    I think young Marco doesn't have a good handle on the demographics and musical tastes of the GOP base. Rubio's opponents in the 2016 Republican primary will have a field day with his love of rappers like Eminem.

    (In sinister announcer voice)–Marco Rubio claims to be a conservative, but he listens to gangsta rap! We can't trust him to lead America and promote good family values. INSERT OTHER GOP CANDIDATE HERE only listens to good wholesome Christian hymns and old reruns of the Lawrence Welk Show. We can trust him!

    Paid For By The Anybody But Rubio Committee

    March 19, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Adam

    Does Rubio not have anything else better to do??

    March 19, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. Bob

    This is newsworthy because . . . .?????

    March 19, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Al

    How does Jake Tapper keep a straight face while that pandering clown pontificates on all that BS?

    March 19, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. Jan

    Give it up, Rubio; you will NEVER "make it on the cover of the ROLLING STONE"!

    March 19, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. garwin1

    So Marco is into that "kill the cops" thug music? Big surprise.

    March 19, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. RainCityLady

    Oh, please. Like I believe he listens to Tupac, Eminem, JayZ, and Kanye. Does he even know Tupac is dead??? I suppose he thinks this will garner him the youth vote. Bwahahahahahahaha.

    March 19, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Russ

    So Rubio thinks he's a thug or what? I know he scares me. Not!! lol Well, if he became President he would scare me.

    March 19, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. B

    Since Rubio is so down with Jay-Z, then he'll understand when I say this. The Republican Party has ninety-nine problems and sanity isn't one of them!

    March 19, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Sean

    Reaaaaaaaaaallllllly slow news day apparently, huh CNN?

    March 19, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. philojazz

    JT's first tune on SNL last week was incredible. The choreography was truly outstanding, and the dancing impeccable. And his bass player was right there, every beat, carrying the whole thing. Thanks for a great show, SNL and JT, and Jay-Z

    March 19, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Latin Lover

    What an embarrassment. I don't care what you listen too, you still want to destroy my grannys medicare.

    March 19, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. Timberlame isn't...

    ... black enough.

    Timberlame's a hack. His team has decided to make him a wanna-be Sinatra.

    March 19, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  21. markiejoe

    I'm real sure that Rubio listens to Eminem. Yah, right.

    March 19, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. Babyboomer

    I'm sure J. T is all broken up about that...

    March 19, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Mark

    Trying soooooo hard to be cool. Why would anyone care who he listens to?

    March 19, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Robert H

    "Ticker: Senator rips on Timberlake"

    Overly dramatic much?

    March 19, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. GOP = Greed Over People

    This is mildly disturbing, and on the same plane as being subjected to the spectacle of a 300 pound, 45 year old aunt doing "The Limbo" in a silky, floral print, polyester dress, at a family wedding in my scarred childhood.

    And I am sure J.T. will need a tissue, due to this devastating loss to his fan base, just like I needed therapy.

    March 19, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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