Jay-Z defends Cuba visit in new song called Open Letter
- 12 April 2013
- From the section Politics
Jay-Z has defended his visit to Cuba in a new song.
The rapper released Open Letter after two politicians asked about his trip to the island with his wife Beyonce.
The government officials from Florida asked if the couple's visit was officially licensed.
US citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba as tourists but can obtain licences for academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange trips.
On the song, Jay-Z raps about his distaste for politicians and says: "Want to give me jail time and a fine, let me commit a real crime."
Jay-Z and Beyonce are both supporters of President Barack Obama.
Jay-Z raps in his song, "Obama said, 'Chill, you gon' get me impeached, you don't need this (expletive) anyway, chill with me on the beach."'
"I done turned Havana into Atlanta... Boy from the hood, I got White House clearance."
The White House said President Barack Obama did not personally approve Beyonce and Jay-Z's trip to Cuba.
When asked about the lyrics, White House spokesman Jay Carney joked: "I guess nothing rhymes with treasury."
"It's a song. The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip."
US Treasury officials said the couple's trip was licensed as a cultural exchange.
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