Jay-Z Defends Trip to Cuba in “Open Letter,” White House Denies Rapper’s Claims
(Jesse D. Garrabrant, NBA)
Jay-Z doesn't mince words on his new "Open Letter" track.
Released today on Jigga’s Life + Times SoundCloud page, the rapping mogul addresses a variety of topics on the mid-tempo tune, which features Swizz Beatz on back-up vocals.
Jay-Z seems incensed with the uproar his recent trip to Havana, Cuba with wife Beyoncé has created among conservative politicians.
About 75 seconds into the cut, Jay-Z raps, "Obama said, 'Chill. You gonna get me impeached. We don’t need this sh-t anyway, chill with me on the beach.'"
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today, however, that President Obama did not speak with Jay-Z about the artist's trip to Cuba.
"Treasury offers and gives licenses for travel," Carney said at a press briefing today. "The White House has nothing to do with it."
Carney later added, "I am absolutely saying that the White House, from the President on down, had nothing to do with anybody's travel to Cuba," and that, "The President did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip."
Hova also boasts on "Open Letter" that he's a "boy from the hood but got White House clearance," but seemingly plays both sides of the political fence on "Open Letter."
Earlier in the song, Jay-Z raps that "politicians never did sh-t for me. Except lie to me, distort history."
It's worth noting that President Obama is the most powerful politician in the United States, if not the world.
Jay-Z's angst on "Open Letter" carries over to his being forced to sell his stake in the Brooklyn Nets given his new post as a sports agent, among other topics.