Jay- Z is flipping off every politician who criticized his recent trip to Cuba with superstar wife Beyoncé, with a new song called “Open Letter.”
The song, which the rapper debuted on Thursday, is causing quite the buzz because its ambiguous lyrics suggest President Barack Obama bent the rules for him and his wife.
The song triggered an immediate reaction by politicians on both sides of the political aisle who claimed the music mogul should spend his time, money and power denouncing the oppressive Cuban regime – not promoting it.
“Every year, thousands of Cubans flee the oppression of the Castro government at great personal risk to themselves,” U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) wrote in a letter to Jay-Z and his wife. “I wish Jay-Z and Beyoncé would have taken a moment to realize that their vacation would be used by the Castro regime as a propaganda tool.”
U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (D-FL) told the famous couple that they should use their very prominent platform to “advocate for the Cuban people, rather than providing economic benefit to their oppressors.”
The White House also issued a statement about the song, denying that Obama’s administration had anything to do with the Cuba trip, other than the Treasury department clearing them to travel to the island.
"I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury," joked Obama's press secretary Jay Carney. "The White House, from the president on down, had nothing to do with anybody's ... travel to Cuba. That is something that Treasury handles."
Still, after a reporter read the lyrics to Carney at a meeting over the song at the White House, Carney said President Obama is in no way involved.
"It's a song," Carney said. "The president's not communicating with Jay-Z over this trip."
In the song, Jay-Z lashed out at all the politicians – including U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) – who criticized the Obama administration because they felt the U.S. Treasury should not have approved the Carters' trip to the communist island.
“Politicians never did s--- for me ... except lie to me, distort history,” the jigga man sings in his new tune.
“Obama said chill, ‘You gonna get me impeached,’ ... We don’t need this s--- anyway, chill with me on the beach. I’m in Cuba. I love Cubans. This Communist talk is so confusing,” the lyrics continued.
The debate about travel to Cuba, an issue that has simmered over the decades, flared again after the couple's highly publicized trip there to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary.
Rubio, as well as other Cuban-Americans in Capitol Hill, criticized the trip and demanded to know how the couple had been able to go if U.S. regulations prohibit travel except in a few cases. The U.S. Treasury Department said it approved the couple's trip as an educational exchange.
Jay-Z posted the controversial song on his website Jay Z’s + Times site.
The rapper raised eyebrows when he talked about actually committing “a real crime” than traveling to another country.
“Wanna give me jail time and a fine/ Fine, let me commit a real crime,” said Jay-Z.
U.S. citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba for mere tourism, though they can obtain licenses for academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange trips. The so-called people-to-people licenses were reinstated under the Obama administration and are designed to help promote civil society and independence from Cuban authorities.