Auntie Maxine Talks Being a Fan of Tupac & Being a Defender of Rap Music

“Reclaiming my time” is the latest gift Congresswoman Maxine Waters has given to the world following her response to Bill O’Reilly’s ill-received remarks on her hair back in April. Maxine Waters’ no-holds-barred responses have propelled the female powerhouse into the pool of viral memes, even earning the politician a gospel remix for her latest mantra. On Monday (Aug. 7), Maxine Waters took a step back from her daily duties to chat with The Breakfast Club, addressing everything from her “outspoken” demeanor to her love for Tupac Shakur.

When asked why Tupac is her favorite rapper, Waters says that it was the late rapper’s “sensitivity” and his hit “Dear Mama” that resonated with her. “That really struck me as somebody who not only was brilliant and smart and all of that, but had a real sensibility and a heart and an understanding that a lot of people don’t have,” she said. “Tupac for me was very special and he was smart and I just…I loved him.”

Waters also reveals that she’s a fan of rap music and discusses why she defends the genre. “I was one of the defenders of rap music even when it was gangster music because I thought it was creative and I thought that it opened up a whole new economic opportunity for Black people where jobs and positions were created when they wouldn’t play rap music on some of the major stations,” she explains.

Discussing censorship in rap music — a topic she’s long been an advocate for — Waters deems it “unconstitutional,” saying “it’s a way of quieting voices that maybe people in power don’t want to hear because it potentially interferes with the ability to do what they do and to say what they want to say, and to exercise power in certain ways.”

“When you have people who are willing to challenge the establishment that is potentially dangerous for the establishment so no, I don’t believe in censorship,” she continued. Her solution for those who want to censor music? “Don’t listen to it. What you don’t want your kids to hear or see, shut it down. But when you start to talk about limiting voices and opinions, I think that’s dangerous.”