Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., is not your typical Republican congressman. He used to perform improvisational work at Second City in Chicago, speaks Italian, and is very vocal about his love for Hip Hop.
That’s right: Hip Hop.
The congressman from Florida was under the spotlight recently after his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 passed the House vote. The amendment assures that the Department of Defense issues an annual report unveiling the official status of Americans facing military detention to Congress every year.
During his speech before the House, he slammed this administration’s handling of civil liberties. Now, he’s under the spotlight again for very different reasons.
In a recent interview with Now this is News, Florida’s 19th district’s Rep. was asked whether there is any song out there that describes how he feels about his situation in Washington. He was quick to bring up Public Enemy’s ‘Fight the Power’ tune, which he says “is a song that, in many ways, reflects the conservative message.”
As he explained why he felt this song was meaningful, he mentioned that while Public Enemy’s Chuck D and he may have different takes on what the role of government should be, they certainly agree on how disastrous heavy-handed authority can turn out to be. He used recent scandals involving the DOJ to make his point. He also expressed his love for old school Hip Hop artists such as Big Daddy Kane and Eric B. & Rakim.
When asked if he would beat Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, in a Hip Hop trivia contest, Rep. Trey Radel responded simply by saying that he’s an old-school hip hop kind of guy while Sen. Rubio is well-versed in the new stuff.
During the interview, Rep. Radel praised Tupac’s poetic lyrics and powerful message. When comparing Biggie and Tupac, Rep. Radel elaborated on their main differences by stating that, when he wants to listen to something in his car, he goes for Tupac, when he’s at a party, he turns to Biggie.
According to the Congressman, Hip Hop artists open the eyes of people from different walks of life, which is nothing short of a great reason to feel so strongly about the genre.