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The Gangstas of Governing
Posted at 5 p.m. on June 21, 2013
We’ve had enough of the slow trickle of closet rap fans serving in Congress. It’s time our elected B-Boys band together.
Presenting our nominees for the inaugural class of the Congressional Rap Caucus (it could happen), paired with their hip-hop counterparts:
Rep. André Carson, D-Ind. – MC Melle Mel
Per Carson, the flamboyant founding member of the Furious Five inspired the one-time battle emcee-cum-lawmaker to master the art of spittin’ lyrics.
Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich. – John Conyers III
What type of father wouldn’t want to support a son’s blossoming music career?
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. – Pitbull
These outspoken Latinos both came of age on the gritty streets of Miami — so close, in fact, that as we learned at BuzzFeed Brews, Rubio makes a point of addressing “Mr. Worldwide” by his Christian name, Armando — and developed into political animals.
Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla. – Flavor Flav
The tea party favorite has suggested that songs such as “911 Is a Joke,” an indictment of the police delivered by irreverent Public Enemy hype man Flavor Flav, really spoke to him as a youth; Chuck D’s not sure they’re on the same page.
Rep. John Carney, D-Del. – Kid Cudi
No clue how these stars might have aligned. But aiight.
New Jersey congressional hopeful Roy Cho – Ghostface Killah
He may not be a congressman (yet). But Wu-Tang co-founder Ghostface Killah has made Roy Cho a playa to watch.
Now, what could they all nod their heads to?
The obvious choice for an official song, given their forced allegiance to the never-ending fundraising cycle, would be Wu-Tang’s capitalist anthem, “C.R.E.A.M.”
Then again, given the caustic work environment everyone operates under on Capitol Hill, lawmakers today seem to constantly be wrestling with the two major distractions (or are they the same thing?) celebrated by the late Biggie Smalls.
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