Dissing rapper Pitbull as a purveyor of party music rather than message music was a good first step at establishing his hip-hop credentials, but is quoting Jay-Z a step too far? Sen. Marco Rubio likes message rappers, but Jay-Z’s message in 2012 was loud and clear: vote Obama.

Are we reading too much into Rubio’s tweet? Probably. But now that iPod playlists are fair game for fact-checking in campaigns, expect to hear more from both sides of the aisle.

You mean like when presidential candidate John Kerry said he was “fascinated by rap and hip hop“? That was funny.

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