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Jay-Z’s New Song, ‘Open Letter,’ Explains That Cuba Trip With Beyoncé

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Jay-Z’s New Song, ‘Open Letter,’ Explains That Cuba Trip With Beyoncé

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Okay, so Jay-Z and Beyoncé may have sort of illegally visited Cuba. It’s a big deal if you think the American embargo is totally justified, and if you think the Treasury Department shouldn’t be approving vacations for personal friends of President Obama. On the other hand: So what? There are bigger problems, surely, for the government to investigate than whether or not two celebrities should’ve thought about spending their anniversary in Peru rather than Havana. On his newest song, “Open Letter,” Hov addressed the budding controversy in a rap that must’ve been recorded yesterday over a beat from Swizz Beatz. As he says:

Boy from the hood but got White House clearance
Sorry y’all, I don’t agree with y’all appearance
Politicians never did shit for me
Except lie to me, distort history
Wanna give me jail time and a fine
Fine, let me commit a real crime

Then he raps about buying cocaine for Chief Keef and selling more on the streets—because that would be a real problem, and not just a phony political fight. He also invites President Obama to hang out with him on the beach, after claiming the president told him “Chill, you gonna get me impeached.” He also questions the wisdom of automatically condemning Cuba: “I’m in Cuba, I love Cubans / This communist talk is so confusing.” Trenchant! It’s a nice way to make your politician critics look like dweebs, since there’s no way they could fare well by releasing a critical statement after Hov took it so hard.