Jay-Z's defiant rap against Cuba criticism

2013-04-12 18:02
Los Angeles - Jay-Z has addressed his controversial trip to Cuba in a scathing new song.

The rapper and his wife Beyoncé were heavily criticised by politicians following their visit to the South American country - which is banned as a tourist destination by the US government - for their fifth wedding anniversary earlier this month, but the star has hit back, claiming that he received "White House clearance" for the trip to capital city Havana.

In new track uploaded to his Life + Times blog titled "Open Letter", Jay-Z boasts that he "done turned Havana into Atlanta", adding: "Politicians never did shit for me, except lie to me, distort history."

The rapper - real name Shawn Carter - used the scathing track to respond to Republican politicians, who called for an investigation into the legality of the couple's visit. US citizens are banned from visiting the neighbouring island under a travel embargo, and residents must seek a licence before visiting the country, although these are usually reserved for journalistic or educational reasons.

Jay-Z defiant rap

The US Treasury has since confirmed that they approved the trip, which was set up by an organisation who promote educational programmes in Cuba.

Jay-Z defiantly raps in the song: "They wanna give me jail time and a fine. Fine, let me commit a real crime."

The lyrics also brag of the musician's political connections to United States president Barack Obama, adding: "Obama said, 'Chill you're going to get me impeached' / You don't need this shit anyway, chill with me on the beach."

America first imposed its Cuban travel embargo in the 1960s and by law, citizens are prohibited from spending money in the country in order to not fund the communist government.


  • Tnay Ronald Mavuru - 2013-04-12 18:51

    Yah u will say that coz u white. Nothing new with what u say. Anything a black man does is just below par for the super whites. Lol i think u have over played the hate

  • Tnay Ronald Mavuru - 2013-04-12 18:54

    Yah mr obvious. We know you hate blacks and their clown music. But that wont stop us from being black and living the black way. Just sit back and be a critic all u want. That wont change the skin colour. Ignorant white imperialist.

  • Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-04-12 19:09

    And did you educate a country sorely lacking in democracy and human rights j-zee?

  • Tnay Ronald Mavuru - 2013-04-12 19:09

    Cld u justify your comment calling him a clown

  • Sarah - 2013-04-12 19:13

    Cuba or China - which would you rather want to visit??

  • Vuyo Manisi - 2013-04-12 19:30

    what rubbish!!! So america is like north korea now? Telling its citizen where to go and where not to go. Bloody hypocrites

      Sterling Ferguson - 2013-04-12 19:44

      If this had been N Korea or Cuba these two would have been put before the firing squad. What I don't like about the trip Jay-Z didn't speak out about racism against blacks in Cuba while he was in that country.

      Edgar Andres Garcia - 2013-04-12 20:17

      Racism? Gee... South Africans at work: turning anything into a racial issue. About the restrictions, no big surprise here. The government at the States doesn't like Cuba at all, and those sanctions have been in place for a while. Hopefully, they will be torn down sometime.

  • Edgar Andres Garcia - 2013-04-12 20:13

    Cuban embargo should be taken down. Its main achievement has been helping the Castro stay in power, as both a reason and an escape goat for the island's economic woes. Pretty much the rest of Latin America opposes it, even in my country. Communism and central planning always fail on its own as an economic theory, without market reforms. Take the embargo out, and I'm almost sure communism will weaken in Cuba. Maybe, in time, democracy comes.

  • Mora Mthonyama - 2013-04-12 21:35

    Steven you need to pee mate and while at it, drink it so that you can sober up!! what a bum!!

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