MSNBC’s Ari Melber Quotes Mobb Deep’s Shook Ones Part II” To Diss Trump
It’s no secret that MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent and host of The Beat, Ari Melber, is a fan of hip-hop. Watch him use it against Trump.
Ari Melber has already gained his street cred after showcasing his love of hip-hop as the host of MSNBC’s The Beat. Recently, he doubled down on his affinity by using a line from Mobb Deep’s 1995 cut “Shook Ones Part II” to insult Donald Trump during his show. Melber was discussing the president’s abuse of executive privilege within the frame of Nixon’s impeachment.
“[Nixon’s impeachment case is] worth bearing in mind as the Trump White House now stonewalls investigators, but insist it’s not really invoking executive privilege, or it’s trying some kind of modified halfway executive privilege,” Melber said. “But there’s no such thing as halfway privilege, just as there’s no such thing as halfway crooks. We know that truth from the great poet Havoc of Mobb Deep ho observed that true criminal minds are always thirsty for recognition, but you don’t see longevity from halfway crooks, ‘cause they always end up shook. And that’s the big problem facing any White House pursuing a cover up with halfway privilege.”
Melber revealed materials from Nixon’s Watergate scandal back in 1972. The materials displayed exactly how exploiting executive privilege can be a crime and an impeachable offense. This means “a president has the right to withhold certain information from Congress, the courts or anyone else—even when faced with a subpoena,” per NPR.
Melber believes that Trump is heading down the same path as Nixon. Using the Mobb Deep lyrics to show why there is no such thing as “halfway privilege,” Ari has tied in how observational rap has transcended time and an act such as the Queens duo are truth-tellers to the max. The moment wasn’t lost on Havoc, who posted the clip to his Instagram page with the caption, “Just as I was watching the home Ari Melber, [he] couldn’t [have said it] any better!! Ain’t no such thing as #halfwaycrooks!”
You can never quote rap too much, right, Ari?
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