Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris called Tupac Shakur the “best rapper alive” during an interview at the NAACP’s virtual convention Friday — even though the legendary emcee has been dead for more than two decades.
“Best rapper alive?” CNN commentator Angela Rye asked the Oakland native.
“Tupac,” Harris answered with little hesitation before Rye reminded her that the West Coast icon had passed away long ago.
“Not alive, I know, I keep doing that,” Harris said with a laugh.
Tupac has notoriously been the subject of baseless conspiracy theories that he faked his own death when he was fatally shot in 1996, which Rye appeared to jokingly reference.
“Listen, West Coast girls think Tupac lives on; I’m with you,” she laughed.
The former San Francisco district attorney then struggled to name a living rapper — “there’s so many, you know?” she went on.
“There’s some I would not mention right now because they should stay in their lane,” Harris said, without elaborating.
Eventually, she passed on the question.
“That was not supposed to be a stumper,” Rye added.