Yes. Yes he is.

We know how Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., feels about Obamacare.

But what does he think of the latest album by Obama’s pal Jay-Z?

That’s one way to reach across the aisle.

At least one Twitter user gave Radel points for being a pretty cool “older conservative dude.”

Radel is 37 years old.

The congressman also produces his own hip-hop beats.


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  • jkpalmdale

    Ridiculous, Supporting Racism when you support Kanye

  • b_truit

    Pandering much Trey? Supporting jz is supporting racism, sexism. Grow up you tool.

  • FilleGitane

    Pandering like a Democrat.

  • Diane Stephan

    I don’t like rap, I guess I’m not cool.

    • thetreyman

      you dont have to like rap to be cool. i grew up on it along with a lot of other things. some of my mp3 selections range from nwa, snoop dogg, the beach boys, hank williams sr., waylon jennings, ac dc, ozzy, booker t and the mg’s, robert earl keen, dmx, tool, marlyn manson, dropkick murphys, godsmack, system of a down, mozart, wagner, and beethoven and anything in between. there is nothing wrong in liking a wide verity of music.

  • kayakingfatso

    hey trey… stop saying “sick”.

    • thetreyman

      yes, i would agree with that. i didn’t know people still used that.

    • Texan357

      This. I wasn’t surprised to see someone call him “older” – do people really still say this? 😐

  • BorderLine Guy

    “Pandering?” Because a white guy can’t like black artists? Or that he should boycott Kanye for being a doofus? Glad I don’t buy/not buy music around the artist’s POV, otherwise I’d be stuck listening to awful country music.

    • thetreyman

      right. i’m about his age and we grew up listening to hip hop along with everything else. there are other things to criticize radel on like him voting for boehner for speaker, which i had to email him about, but not this. it’s not pandering if you truly enjoy the music and share an opinion.

      • GrindingMills

        Agreed. I don’t care if my congressman listens to dying whales arranged to match Copeland as long as he votes right.

    • Iacobus

      Meh. There are more than a handful of artists across different genres that don’t exactly toe the liberal line, either.

      Hip-hop notwithstanding, of course.

      • BorderLine Guy

        I know. I was half-joking about the country music.

    • b_truit

      He’s trying to pander to the younger generation. Its painfully obvious.

      • BorderLine Guy

        He’s 37 years old. Are teenagers the only Kanye fans now?

      • Ben Bollman

        I’m 32, Jay-Z was huge when I was a teenager. I’m guessing Radel genuinely likes him.

      • KansasGirl

        No he’s not b_truit, he’s not allowing you judge him based on his party affiliation.
        The judgmental party is America is the “extreme left-wingnuts”.

  • Iacobus


    Kids these days…

  • M F Scotto

    Pick “Magna Carta” or “Holy Grail”

  • traffic_robot

    Funny, because this is one of the worst records I’ve heard this year. It’s made for adults who live in the ‘burbs that say “sick” a lot. Put down the mic, Hova, you’re no longer relevant.

  • Ben Bollman

    I am a 32 year old conservative ‘dude’ and I’ve grown up listening to my fair share of rap and hip hop. Good for Radel, you can’t hope to reach young people if you act holier-than-thou and turn your nose down at everything they like which is one way we are going wrong. Conservatives have to find common ground with them, we are shooting ourselves in the foot with the ‘old fuddy duddy’ routine. Conservatives have to get involved with the culture or be destroyed by it, which we are.

    • FaithColeridge33

      They will always hate you. It doesn’t matter if you listen to Jayz or not.

      • Ben Bollman

        I think liberals want you to think that, if nothing else why not at least participate and influence the culture instead of sitting around moaning about it going to hell? Most people believe in family and freedom even if they don’t realize that is conservative values, it is our duty to help them come to that realization instead whining about never reaching them. They are not going to be receptive to people who think everything they like is the root of all evil, it’s that simple. The liberals won the culture because they were relentless for years even though people with common sense scoffed and ignored them and never though people would buy it, it is just as much our fault that we let them have the culture as it is theirs for taking it. We need to get involved and be just as relentless if we ever hope to be conservative again.

        • FaithColeridge33

          First of all I’m not moaning about it I’m stating a fact. I have no desire, not even the slightest, to be part of the hip/hop R&B culture. At all. The taker class will never switch a single vote because some congressman liked their music. If you are a conservative you want smaller government, less taxes, and entitlement reform.

          You really think anyone who taps their toes Jay-Z is going to vote for that? You’re deluding yourself.

          • Ben Bollman

            Yeah, you keep with that kind of thinking and that stonewall attitude then watch us keep losing election after election. I’m not saying you have to like hip hop, you are missing the point. Liberals won the youth because as batsh-t crazy as their ideology is they weren’t afraid to engage them and they didn’t judge them. Find common ground with them and maybe not automatically jump to conclusions about the things they like. People naturally are more receptive to people who like the things they like. Liberals understand that and have been capitalizing on it for years. We ignored it, now we are paying for it. THAT is a fact. I’m not saying abandon our principles, but we need better tactics in spreading them than acting grouchy and close-minded.

          • FaithColeridge33

            So we should mimic the left win over the left? What’s the point then really? Not judging or stopping the judging of certain activities in our society is what is bringing about it’s ruin. I’ll reserve the right to judge and fight what I consider to be immoral behavior whenever and where ever I see it.

            I won’t allow others to label me as grouch and close-minded for standing up for what I believe to be right. I won’t sell out my beliefs to be considered hip and cool.


          • Ben Bollman

            We should mimic some of their sales strategy, not their principles. I’m not saying condoning immoral behavior either, but what’s wrong with telling the public that you like the same music or movies they do? It weakens their guard and opens the dialogue so that you can inform them on what conservatism is. But if you want to keep shaking your fist at them and to keep telling them that they are going to Hell so that they freak out then turn tail and run then by all means go ahead, see how many people listen to you.

    • Ironhawk86

      Well I’m 27 and would rather there be as little overlap between politics and pop culture as possible. I also think rap blows and the best thing you could for American music right now rewind back to about 1991; that’s when that grunge crap came out and everything went to hell. If that’s holier-than-thou, then in the immortal words of the late great Ronnie James Dio, “come and make me HOLY AGAAAAAIIIIN”

      • Ben Bollman

        You’re missing the point, I don’t care what music you like. I am just saying conservatives need to relate to people on a personal level instead of just blindly bashing everything they like including rap and to get involved in the culture. And there has always been an overlap between politics and music, actually politics and everything. Not realizing that has allowed the left to sneak by us and implant their ideology into our culture unhindered, that is why we need to pay attention and get involved in it instead of ignoring it.

  • hollywoodron

    In the council of the wicked? Try reading your Bible…

  • Magnifico

    I was sure he was joking, but I’ve been wrong before.

    • thetreyman

      nope, he is a fan of hip hop. he used to be host of the morning show on 92.5 here in sw florida where he would make references to some rap, hip hop and r&b songs.

  • Josh

    Reading the stream of contents to this topic is mostly depressing. The guy is allowed to have his own interests. Do you not watch a sports game because an athlete is a moron who says dumbass things all the time? Do you not see a movie because an actor is an idiot even if he is highly skilled at his craft? I didn’t see Trey Radel singing praises of what Jay-Z stands for, just for his art. Let the guy enjoy what he likes! You don’t have to like it if you don’t want to.You can enjoy something and still not agree with it. Most celebs/actors/musicians are idiots, but if they are talented why blacklist them? You only segregate yourself from pop culture. Most of the comments below are a great example on how you DON’T win the culture war in my opinion.

    • Ben Bollman

      Absolutely, ignoring the culture is not going to make it go away. Either we get involved in it or we are going to keep being slaves to it.

  • Slugglife

    My all time favorite verse from jay z- “get in debt if you boys really real enough, i’ll explain later, i’ll explain later….”

    I don’t remember him ever explaining exactly why we should get into debt, but then again most of what shawn says doesnt make sense anyway. It’s all garbage.