Kamala Harris listened to Tupac, Snoop Dogg while smoking weed in college — years before they came out with their music
Harris made the statement on 'The Breakfast Club', where host Charlamagne tha God egged her to reveal more details about the music she listened to in college
One of the Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, Senator Kamala Harris, on Monday said that she used to smoke marijuana while listening to rappers Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg in college.
However, things did not quite add up as the California senator graduated college in 1986, years before the rap artists released their breakthrough albums.
Harris made the statement during a radio interview on 'The Breakfast Club', where host Charlamagne tha God egged her to reveal more details about what music she listened to in college.
"What was you listening to when you was high? What was on? What song was on?" he asked during the interview. To which she replied with: "Definitely Snoop, Tupac for sure."
No, Kamala Harris didn’t tell @breakfastclubam she listened to Snoop Dogg and Tupac before they came out.— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 13, 2019
She acknowledged she smoked weed in college. She never said that was the only time she ever smoked. Later when asked if she ever listened to Snoop while high, she said yes. pic.twitter.com/UNCbbl5fC6
Tupac Shakur's debut album, '2Pacalypse Now', was released in 1991, while Snoop Dogg's 'Doggystyle' debut came out in 1993, although he recorded with Dr. Dre in 1992.
The California senator, who was born in Oakland, graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1986, and later attended law school in California at the Hastings College of Law, earning admission to the California bar in 1990.
However, Harris wasn't there just to regale the host with her "got high" escapades, but said the objective was to legalize marijuana as the law against it leads to many young men, particularly young men of color, being arrested. She also said that she inhaled.
"I have. And I inhaled. I did inhale. It was a long time ago, but yes. I just broke news!" the senator said. "You know, I joke about it – half joke – but half my family's from Jamaica! Are you kidding me?"
"We have incarcerated so many, particularly young men – and young men of color – in a way that we have not for the same level of use, other young men. And we've got to deal with that," she said.
Harris has always advocated the use of recreational marijuana. Recreational marijuana use has been legalized in at least 10 states in the country and the District of Columbia, while thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana. However, cannabis use continues to be illegal under federal law.
Multiple presidential candidates before Harris have claimed to have smoked marijuana when they were young, including former President Bill Clinton. When Clinton was a presidential candidate nearly 29 years ago, he had admitted that he had smoked weed, however, he insisted he "didn't inhale," according to the Daily Mail.
Libertarian Party's 2016 presidential nominee Gary Johnson, a former New Mexico governor, had also admitted to being a regular marijuana smoker. He, however, said that he stopped using the drug during the presidential campaign: "I want to be completely on top of my game, all cylinders."
Former President Barack Obama has also been famously open about drug use. The Democrat, in his memoir, once recalled his teenage friendships in a group he called 'The Choom Gang.' "I inhaled frequently. That was the point," Obama told NBC News in 2006.
President Donald Trump, however, has said that he has never taken an illegal drug or even drunk alcohol, except for communion wine.