Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. likes rap and occasionally joins artist like Rakim on stage during a Bronx Week festival as shown in this video. Altough most politicians stay away from rap…like it’s the flu, as rap music with its in your face lyrics, scare off many political types, at least publicly. These elected officials are after all public figures, always looking after their image and how people see them…by the way; how people see them does not necessarily equate to how they really are people… This borough president grew up in the Bronx, the very place that gave birth to Hip Hop (and Salsa and modern day Bachata as well), he is a byproduct of the 80’s, add that to his Bronx surrounding growing up, and chances are very high that he has an affinity to this music, and he is not afraid to show it. he’s actually not too bad, “ he can spit a word or two”. However don’t quite your day job Mr. Borough Prez!
Bronx Borough President & “Rap Artist” Ruben Diaz Jr….that’s right “Rap Artist”!