Hillary Clinton Quoted Lil Wayne At The DNC And The Rapper Is Totally "Cool With It"
One of the most striking lines from Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was her remark that "when there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit." It was, of course, a reference to her becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major party, and thus shattering "that highest, hardest glass ceiling" she'd referenced back in 2008. As it turns out, Clinton was quoting Lil Wayne when she said this. It's unclear whether this was intentional or not, but when asked about it later, Weezy said he's "cool with it."
In a skit on his 2009 mixtape No Ceilings, Lil Wayne declared that "there is no ceilings, there is only the sky. And the sky's the limit." That's pretty close to the Clinton quote. Lil Wayne also has a song called "Sky's the Limit," which doesn't reference ceilings, and a song called "I Got No Ceilings," which doesn't mention the sky. Nevertheless, in totality, the limitations of ceilings versus the limitations of the sky have certainly been a recurring theme in Weezy's work.
When asked about it later, Lil Wayne seemed to approve.
"I'm cool with it," he said during a brief interview with TMZ. "Hillary used my lyrics in a speech? Yeah. I f--ks with Hillary." He also posted a tweet indicating his approval.
This is a marked contrast to the GOP's recent experiences appropriating popular music to suit their campaigns. Several musicians have told Donald Trump to stop using their songs at his campaign rallies, including the Rolling Stones and R.E.M. The Silversun Pickups sent a cease-and-desist order to Mitt Romney's campaign in 2012 due to his unauthorized use of their song "Panic Switch" at campaign rallies, and Newt Gingrich was sued for, amusingly, using "Eye of the Tiger" as his intro music the same year. There are many, many more examples.
Weezy wasn't the only popular musician Clinton managed to reference, perhaps unintentionally, in her DNC speech. At one point, she referenced "people across America who get knocked down and get right back up." It's a bit more of a stretch, but that line has a conspicuous resemblance to the hit 1997 Chumbawamba song "Tubthumping." And now, here's the music video for "Tubthumping." Because, let's face it — it is never a bad time to listen to "Tubthumping."