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Jay-Z addresses Cuba critics in new song

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Jay-Z is speaking out against the critics questioning his motives for his anniversary getaway in Cuba with his wife, Beyoncé Knowles, the best way he knows how: through song.

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The hip-hop mogul released a new track titled "Open Letter" on Thursday and while the beat is sure to get heads bobbing (the song was produced by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz), the lyrics are pretty cutting. "Obama said, 'Chill, you gonna get me impeached' / You don't need this s--- anyway; chill with me on the beach," Jay-Z, 43, raps. "I done turned Havana to Atlanta / Guayabera shirts and bandanas. ... Boy from the hood got White House clearance."

Later Thursday, the White House responded to a reporter's question about the song. "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury," joked Jay Carney, President Obama's press secretary.

Carney added: "The White House, from the president on down, had nothing to do with anybody's personal travel to Cuba. That is something that Treasury handles. ... It's a song. The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip."

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U.S. Treasury officials said Tuesday the couple's trip was licensed as an educational exchange after two U.S. House members expressed concerns about the trip and wanted to know if it was licensed.

Also in the song, the rapper brings up his criminal past: "I might buy a kilo for Chief Keef / Out of spite, I just might flood these streets / Hear the freedom in my speech."

Jay-Z also mentions his part ownership of an NBA basketball team, rapping: "Would've brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free / Except I made millions off it, you f---in' dweeb / I still own the building, I'm still keeping my seats / Y'all buy that bulls---, y'all better keep your receipts."

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Apr 16, 2013 9:22AM
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Fri 9:04 PM
This is your original post, 
I really think White America needs a reality check!  Because of Slavery, you people have lost all of your ability to judge anyone!  You all need Jesus!  One day when you are in the Lake of Fire, you will know but then it will be too late.  Hats off to Jay Z and B for doing what the Heck they want to do!  Go kill yourselfs if you hate black people so much!  Just go kill yourselves!"
 
 
This is your original post....... a far cry from the response you sent at 3:30 this morning! Its so obvious that you had someone else write it. Your a waste of my time!
Apr 14, 2013 12:34PM
Apr 13, 2013 9:27PM
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i say what i mean and mean what i say --- so it's my opinion --- just like a-holes
Apr 13, 2013 4:11PM
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To Liam: Well then if I am a sad person,  then why don't you tell me what I am paying TAXES for!!! 
Apr 13, 2013 10:25AM
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to: CHI-RUDE-DUDE.....The nickname that you chose for yourself speaks volumes as to your personality and beliefs. You need to grow up. You can't "rant " at people and expect to be heard. You will stay kept down because you live a bigoted life. I am far from a racist, I am a concerned parent, teacher, mother and wife. You will remain down because you(i am specifically speaking directly about and to you, as I don't condemn a race because of one person), are IGNORANT. I'll bet your angry? I'm not. I' hear the hate you live in your world, It's not in mine. Also your religious propaganda, "lake of fire' get real, how ridiculous. I have my faith and I don't shove it down peoples throats. The God I know, in my heart doesn't accept such hatred. Shame on you. Grow up , it's your only chance. God Bless YOU. P.S. And I still think what Jayz and his wife did was wrong for America (I have no personal stake in it)
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