Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris has named Tupac Shakur as the “best rapper alive.” With 2Pac dead since 1996, either Harris knows something the rest of us don’t or she’s pandering again.
Speaking at the NAACP’s virtual convention on Friday, Harris was asked who she thought was “the best rapper alive.” Without missing a beat, Harris answered “2Pac.” Reminded that the ‘Picture Me Rollin’’ rapper is in fact dead, Harris did some damage control:
Kamala Harris asked, who’s the best rapper alive?
She answers @2PAC
Then says “Not alive, I know, I keep doing that.”
Tries to think of another living rapper. “There’s some I would not mention right now because they should stay in their lane.” pic.twitter.com/MZJ5FZC4qP
— Emily Larsen (@emilyelarsen) September 25, 2020
“I keep doing that!” she said, before saying that she would not mention any actual living rapper because “they should stay in their lane,” even though there are “so many” to choose from.
Harris was mocked online for her mistake. Conspiracy theories have long surrounded 2Pac’s death, with some asserting that the rapper faked his own drive-by shooting and escaped to Cuba (or Serbia, depending on who’s telling the story) to retire from gangsta life. Tabloid newspapers regularly feed these theories, and some commenters joked that Harris accidentally let the plot slip.
2pac faked his own death theory confirmed by Kamala Harris pic.twitter.com/ynGMHpBCBv
— ✨✨✨Lesbian✨✨✨ (@taylorswiftly93) September 26, 2020
Kamala Harris said that 2Pac is the ‘best rapper alive’. Does she know something we don’t know? I thought Pac died in ‘96? She is right about Pac being the best rapper though…
— Errick 🏁 (@Errick_1291) September 26, 2020
Is Kamala Harris a “2Pac is alive” truther???? https://t.co/PB74JBO8KA
— Cal The Reporter 🦀📷📰 #JeSuisCharlie (@CalTheReporter) September 26, 2020
Others mocked her for pandering to black voters. The interview was the second time Harris dropped ‘Pac’s name in a bid for street cred. The California senator claimed in an interview back in February that she smoked pot in college, and listened to 2Pac and Snoop Dogg while she was inhaling. However, she was slated when commenters discovered that she graduated from Howard University in 1986 and UC Hastings College of the Law in 1989. Tupac and Snoop released their first albums in 1991 and 1993 respectively.
“She needs to update her pandering to the 21st Century,” one commenter sniped.
I want to know how many Black people would still back a white politician if they had this same answer? Would it be more clear that she is pandering if she were white?
Kamala is a joke. Why are we making excuses for her? https://t.co/U2xRHiYDgU
— Brianna Wright 🖤 (@BriannaAWright) September 26, 2020
You can tell when Kamala took “Negro Pandering 101 they got to the Hip-Hop portion of the lesson and beat her over the head to answer all questions with “Tupac” https://t.co/XMxjMVbJog
— Hotep WithIt (@HotepWithit) September 26, 2020
Trump could answer this better than she could. https://t.co/IlD8PLGH1o
— Alex Clark 🌴🌟🇺🇸💖 (@yoalexrapz) September 26, 2020
Pandering for the black or youth vote is par for the course in a presidential election, and Harris wouldn’t be the first politician to embarrass herself doing so. Hillary Clinton was ridiculed in 2016 for telling young voters to “Pokemon Go to the polls,” and for telling The Breakfast Club – the same hip hop radio show that interviewed Harris in February – that she never leaves the house without her trusty bottle of “hot sauce.”
Accused by host Charlamagne Tha God of pandering, Clinton didn’t deny the charge, shooting back “okay, is it working?”
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