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.

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. cbp

    Who really cares about Sen. Rubio's taste in music. It is what he does in Congress that matters and right now he seems to be running around more than representing Florida. Guess he will need four years to run for the nomination so he really should resign his senate seat. After the last two races it seems as if these politicians are trying to run for office and serve as Senator. Clearly, this is difficult to do unless you leave many decisions to your staff.

    March 19, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  2. MiBigAl

    Gee, I thought for sure he would be a huge "Ted NugAss" fan. The entire GOP sure seems to be playing his tune.

    March 19, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  3. MikeB

    He needs some cool tunes
    Not just any will suffice.
    But they didn't have Ice Cube
    So he bought Vanilla Ice.

    March 20, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  4. Dyan S

    God I really dislike Marco Rubio.

    March 20, 2013 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  5. z2cents

    i cant wait for the next GOP primary..its gonna be one awesome standup comedy lineup..

    March 20, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  6. Kitten Kaboodle

    Somehow, I think if Tupac was alive, he denounce Rubio as a fan.

    March 20, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  7. USAPeasant

    Say what you want about Rubio's politics, but the guy is right on when it comes to the contemporary music, especially rap.

    March 20, 2013 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  8. miscreantsall

    who cares and what a twit……..his taste tells a lot about him……… offense to rap!

    March 20, 2013 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  9. Cynthia

    I'm sorry, who is this Rubio guy???? 🙂

    March 20, 2013 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  10. Marie MD

    and . . . . . FYI cuban anchor baby . . . . . it won't get you the Black vote maybe not even the Cuban vote because this new generation of Cubans voted Democrat in 2012.

    March 20, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  11. Cindy

    Justin Timberlake is a fairy

    March 20, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  12. boyamidumb

    Keep yapping Marco. You will bury yourself. Typical ego driven politico.

    March 20, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  13. Andrea

    Stop worrying about music and get some work done to help fix this country for the people who voted for you. They don't care what kind of music you like

    March 20, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |

    The radical GOBP tea potty need him since Rand Paul pulled a Akin, going for amnesty.

    March 20, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  15. markfromdover

    I bet there wasn't any Tupac, Eminem, or Jay-Z playing at C-Pac

    March 20, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  16. Dan in NH

    Sounds like this meaningless fluff was entirely manufactured by CNN: ask a politician if he's got a certain singer on his I-Pod, and when he says no, write it up with a sensational and completely dishonest headline on the homepage that claims the politician "rips on" the singer. CNN could have done this with any one of hundreds of random singers. The fact that they chose one who's promoting a new album makes it look like there was a corporate marketing agreement behind this non-news story.

    March 20, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  17. tony

    What a clown.

    March 20, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  18. Jack Mehauf

    I hope she didn't get paid to write this story.....

    March 20, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  19. Fupped Duck

    We need the entertainment. Keep it up Rube!

    March 20, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  20. gee

    It that all Rubio can talk about?

    March 20, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  21. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Rubio likes hip hop? This guy is so cool... NOT! A guy who has so much contempt for the 47%ers is trying to convince us that he listens to hip hop? Please!

    March 20, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  22. IvotedforObama

    oo look at the GOP strategy, put up a Hispanic guy who like "black music" and this will sure to get the Hispanic and AA vote in 2016!!! What a bunch of dummies. How about calling out and putting out the racist in your party first?

    March 20, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  23. JD

    Rubio is a wannabe!

    March 20, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  24. akismet-8e1c0c196efb4942028e1933789f8c89

    Like we care what some politician has to say about music. People need to get a life and CNN, you need to report real news!

    March 20, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  25. OMG Really?

    This has to be the stupidest thing CNN has ever posted. Hands down. I thought it was going to be about the age old battle between Stravinsky and Schoenberg – not what kind of trash some dopey politician prefers.

    March 20, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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