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Jay-Z pens an 'Open Letter' to politicians questioning trip to Cuba with Beyonce

His wardrobe choice is what we take issue with.


His wardrobe choice is what we take issue with.



Jay-Z has had enough of all this talk about his visit to Cuba with wife Beyonce, so he did what any self-respecting rapper with millions to burn would: He cooked up a last minute rhyme, backed it with a beat and played it on New York's Hot 97 Thursday morning. Gee, what could he be feeling about all this?

Open Letter, which he posted on his Life + Times site about the same time it hit Hot 97, points out all sorts of things, such as his distaste of politicians, presumably Miami Republican U.S. representatives Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who questioned the Treasury Department about last week's trip:


"Boy from the hood but got White House clearance
Sorry y’all, I don’t agree with y’all appearance
Politicians never did s--- for me
Except lie to me, distort history
Wanna give me jail time and a fine
Fine, let me commit a real crime
I might buy a kilo for Chief Keef
Out of spite, I just might flood these streets
Hear the freedom in my speech"

He even expounded on his relationship to President Obama:

"Y’all buy that bullshit, you’d better keep your receipt
Obama said chill, you gonna get me impeached
But you don’t need this shit anyway
Chill with me on the beach"

White House press secretary Jay Carney was quick to point out Thursday that was a bit of an embellishment. "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury," he told reporters, according to Fox News. "The White House, from the president on down, had nothing to do with anybody's ... travel to Cuba. That is something that Treasury handles."

Jay-Z even makes a couple of references that may be over your head if you're not culturally literate.

"Idiot wind, the Bob Dylan of rap music
You’re an idiot baby, you should become a student
Oh, you gonna learn today
Where the f--- have you been
The world’s under new management
The new role model, f--- this Zoolander s---."

Overall, it was pretty good for a last-minute rap song that's getting played all over the Internet. he should potentially violate travel restrictions more often. Listen to the whole thing below and let us know what you think.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 11, 2013 3:59pm]


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