This morning hip-hop artist/mogul Jay-Z released a new song called “Open Letter” that sent the internet in a frenzy. Jay addresses some politicians as well as his recent trip to Cuba. A representative from the White House challenged some of Jay-Z’s lines. In our opinion he’s taking the lyrics literally [even though he downplays it as just a song] when Jay-Z says he has White House clearance. We believe that line alludes more to the fact he is friends with the President more so than the White House clearing his Cuba trip. Details after the jump.
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
In the wake of Florida lawmakers questioning his recent trip to Cuba with wife Beyoncé, Jay-Z today released Open Letter, a track that takes aim at politicians and more.
“Politicians never did (expletive) for me / except lie to me, distort history,” Jay-Z raps in the song produced by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz.
“I done turned Havana to Atlanta/ Guayabera shirts and bandannas,” he boasts before he goes further noting: “Boy from the hood got White House clearance.”
He says, “They wanna give me jail time and a fine — Fine, let me commit a real crime,” a reference to the repercussions of an unlicensed trip to Cuba.
UPDATE, 2 p.m. ET: The White House on Thursday challenged Jay-Z’s lyrics about getting “White House clearance.”
“I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury,” joked Jay Carney, the president’s press secretary. “Because Treasury offers and gives licenses for travel, as you know, and the White House has nothing to do with it. ”
He added, “I am absolutely saying that the White House and president on down has not had anything to do with anyone’s travel to Cuba, that is something Treasury to handle.”
At the briefing, Carney added, “It’s a song,” Carney said. “The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip.”
[Source: USA Today]