Kamala Harris Thinks This Hip-Hop Icon is the ‘Best Rapper Alive’

The 2020 US presidential election is in full swing, and every day seems to bring a new curveball. Donald Trump‘s COVID-19 diagnosis has thrown everything into limbo, and the other candidates in the race — Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Mike Pence — are working hard campaigning in the midst of a pandemic.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), running mate of Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden, attends a coronavirus briefing
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), running mate of Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden, attends a coronavirus briefing | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Kamala Harris is a trailblazing candidate

Many Americans were thrilled when former Vice President Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate. Harris is a senator from California, and was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to serving as a senator, she was California’s first Black attorney general.

As a vice-presidential candidate, Senator Harris is already a trailblazer. She’s the first Black woman and the first person of Asian descent to be on a major party ticket. For many years even prior to joining the United States Senate, Harris was dubbed by many to be “the female Obama.”

Kamala Harris had an interesting pick for the ‘best rapper alive’

Harris was born and raised in Oakland, California. In her twenties, she lived through what many call “the golden age of hip-hop,” when rappers in New York (and eventually, Los Angeles and Atlanta) took the genre to new heights.

Though Tupac Shakur is regarded as one of the best rappers to come out of the West Coast, Shakur was actually born in New York City. As a teenager, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area; at the time, Harris was in law school nearby at the University of California, Hastings.

By the early ’90s, Tupac had become one of the biggest names in West Coast hip-hop, and hip-hop in general. After his death in 1996, many people have remembered him as the “greatest rapper alive.”

In a recent interview with CNN commentator Angela Rye, Harris discussed a wide variety of topics. At one point, Rye asked Harris who she thinks is the best rapper alive. Harris quickly answered “Tupac” before Rye corrects her that he’s not alive, but that “he lives on.”

“I keep doing that,” Harris said laughing.

Kamala Harris
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Kamala Harris has made gaffes about Tupac before

This isn’t the first time Harris has mentioned Tupac this election season and been ridiculed for being out of touch with hip-hop culture. In 2019, after she announced her run for president, she appeared on The Breakfast Club to talk about her candidacy and much more.

At one point in the interview, she expressed her support for marijuana legalization, and Charlamagne tha God asked her if she’d ever partaken herself. She said yes, and later, when DJ Envy asked her who some of her favorite artists are, Charlamagne asked her who she listened to while smoking weed in college.

Harris said she listened to Tupac and Snoop Dogg, some of her favorite California artists. The only issue is that both Tupac and Snoop Dogg’s careers began after Harris had graduated from college.