If things don’t work out for Sen. Tim Kaine this November, maybe he could get a late start into a rapping career. He already has a stage name picked out, apparently.
In a radio interview Wednesday, the Democratic nominee for vice president claimed his moniker after listening to a track featuring Lil’ Wayne, Chance the Rapper’s “No Problem.”
“They call me Lil’ Kaine, not Lil’ Wayne,” he said.
The hosts were game with the nickname. At one point in the interview, after Kaine said he likes listening to the Isley Brothers and Gnarls Barkley on the campaign trail, one of the interviewers called him, “Sen. Lil' Kaine.”
In the 2016 race, Kaine has become known in popular culture as “America’s dad,” a nickname that he has embraced. Earlier this month, Time even went as far as calling him “America’s cool dad.” Apparently, that’s about right.
What are his other cool dad credentials? The Virginia senator is a musician himself, known for busting out the harmonica on the campaign trail. He’s also expressed a love for the Replacements, David Bowie, Alabama Shakes, Lucy Dacus and other popular musicians.
Still, like any cool dad, the guy has a ways to go before he’ll be able to really blend in with the millennials that his campaign is so eager to attract to the ballot box next month. Earlier this month, in the interview that convinced Time of his cool status, 27-year-old Tyler Oakley quizzed Kaine on his young folk slang.
“Do you know what on fleek means?” he asked
Kaine didn’t. But, then again, neither did Oakley.
But, it’s not like Oakley and Kaine are the only ones who don’t have a firm grasp on the lingo. Back in June, Gary Johnson dropped by the International Business Times offices for a chat with a millennial reporter.
“My first question is, define meme,” the reporter asked Johnson, who said he had no idea what it was.
The reporter then struggled a bit to give an exact definition, extracting a playful nudge from Johnson.
“Sounds like you’ve got a pretty good handle on it,” Johnson joked, before the reporter explained the idea (basically, it’s a humorous concept or idea that spreads virally).
And, to be totally transparent here, we should note that the millennial reporter writing this report has no idea what “on fleek” means, either (but that doesn't stop him from saying it).