Marco Rubio playlist: Rap ditched for Avicii, Calvin Harris

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  • "Over the last couple years, I've gotten really interested into electronic dance music. So, Avicii, Calvin Harris," Rubio told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday
  • "I just like it because the lyrics are clean, so I can listen to it in front of my kids and not worry about it," he said

(CNN)Marco Rubio is a West Coast hip-hop kind of guy. But he can't listen to that stuff with his kids around.

So on the campaign trail, he's swapped out rappers like Tupac and NWA for Calvin Harris and Avicii.
"Over the last couple years, I've gotten really interested into electronic dance music. So, Avicii, Calvin Harris," Rubio told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday when grilled about his music choices.
    "I just like it because the lyrics are clean, so I can listen to it in front of my kids and not worry about it," he said. "I used to be a much bigger hip-hop fan. But the lyrics have gotten harder and harder to listen to when you have 10-year-olds in the car."
    While at a diner in New Hampshire, Camerota asked Rubio about the music he's been listening to while campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination.
    The Florida senator has received a lot of press in recent years for his musical taste -- including Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eminem -- which is uncommon for a conservative Republican.
    But dance music? It's a change for Rubio. Even though he grew up in Miami, Rubio has always said he had an affinity for hard West Coast rap.
    He also said that his time on the road has kept him from watching the recent Hollywood biopic of NWA, "Straight Outta Compton." So he declined to give an opinion on whether the film was snubbed for an Oscar.