“Tupac,” Harris replied, with moderator Angela Rye replying: “He’s not alive. You said, ‘He lives on.’”
“But not alive,” Harris said. “I know, I keep doing that.”
While Rye said: “Listen, West Coast girls think Tupac lives on. I'm with you,” Harris thought about her answer, adding that there were “so many”.
“There’s some I would not mention right now because they should stay in their lane,” she continued, before asking Rye to “keep moving” with the questions.
Shakur who also performed as 2Pac, used his music to address social issues and is considered to be one of the most influential rappers of all time.
He died in 1996 aged 25 after being shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.
Social media users mocked Harris for her response to the question, with one writing: “Can't take this level of cringe for the next 2 months please stop asking her these questions.”
“She should have just said she's not up on today's rappers and she likes more old school and left it at that,” another wrote.
Kamala Harris asked, who’s the best rapper alive?
She answers @2PAC
Then says “Not alive, I know, I keep doing that.”
Tries to think of another living rapper. “There’s some I would not mention right now because they should stay in their lane.” pic.twitter.com/MZJ5FZC4qP
— Emily Larsen (@emilyelarsen) September 25, 2020
However, some Twitter users were unfazed by the answer, stating that they’d rather focus on her political views.
“What does @KamalaHarris taste in music have to do with policy,” another asked.