Jay-Z Talks Cuban Trip & Decision To Sell Brooklyn Nets in ‘Open Letter’ [Audio]

Rucuss staffApril 11, 2013

Jay-Z has ruffled a few feathers with his new song, Open Letter.

Instead of voicing his opinions in an interview, Hova recorded a few verses over a Timbaland and Swizz Beatz track to address a few controversial issues. Jay addresses politicians criticizing his trip to Cuba with Beyonce, Roc Nation’s move from Sony to Universal, rumors he’s planning on selling his share of the Brooklyn Nets, and why it’s hypocritical that people are so upset about  communist Cuba when so many of our goods are made in communist China.

Jay-Z released Open Letter on Thursday shortly after returning from Cuba, a trip that drew criticism from Cuban-American lawmakers in Congress who questioned how the couple got permission to travel to the communist-run island.

“I done turned Havana into Atlanta,” Jay-Z raps. “Boy from the hood, but got White House clearance. 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.  … Obama said, ‘Chill you gonna get me impeached.’ You don’t need this s—  anyway, chill with me on the beach.'”

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Swizz can be heard adding his signature “right!” and “God damn it!” throughout the song. He also memorably repeats the line “Y’all goin’ learn today.”

During Thursday’s White House briefing, a reporter read aloud the lyrics to Press secretary Jay Carney. He denied that Jay and Beyonce had White House clearance. Carney said the Treasury Department handles clearance.

“It’s a song,” Carney said. “The president’s not communicating with Jay-Z over this trip.”

Check out a few excerpts from the song below.

On controversey over Cuba trip:

I’m in Cuba, I love Cubans, This communist talk is so confusing, When it’s from China, the very  mic that I’m using Idiot wind, the Bob Dylan of rap music, You’re an idiot baby, you should become a student

I done turned Havana to Atlanta, Guayabera shirts and bandanas, Every time you think they got me I switch the plan up, Bulletproof this, radio scanners Ballin’  ’til they ban us, You gettin’ too much bread, they tryna’ jam you, Boy from the hood but got, White House clearance, Sorry y’all, I don’t agree with y’all appearance

On republicans who criticized his trip:

Politicians never did sh-t for me/except lie to me, distort history.

On Roc Nation’s move to Universal and selling Brooklyn Nets shares:

Got an onion  from Universal, read it and weep Would’ve brought the Nets to  Brooklyn for free Except I made millions off it, you f–kin’ dweeb

Listen to song below.


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