Jay-Z makes bold claims about Cuba trip in Open Letter

Posted at 11:00 AM, Apr 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-12 11:16:03-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. (PIX11) — Fresh off his headline-making trip to Cuba with wife Beyonce, Jay-Z sure does NOT know how to shy away from controversy.

The rapper added more fuel to the fire Thursday, following a slew of criticism the couple received from several politicians, questioning their recent getaway to the communist nation where tourism is banned by the U.S.

In the new track “Open Letter” released on Thursday, HOV makes the claim that President Obama was somehow involved in the trip to Havana.

I done turned Havana to Atlanta/ Guayabera shirts and bandannas

Boy from the hood got White House clearance.

They wanna give me jail time and a fine — Fine, let me commit a real crime

Obama said, ‘Chill you’re going to get me impeached’ / You don’t need this (expletive) anyway, chill with me on the beach.

What’s even more bizarre, questions surrounding the song’s lyrics actually made it to Thursday’s daily White House briefing.

“Jay Z released a rap today and the other day you said the Treasury was the one that cleared their trip,” a reported asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.  “He  [Jay-Z] suggested that he got White House clearance and that he personally spoke with the president.


The reporter than proceeds to recite the lyrics to the rap song.

In response, Carney did not skip a beat, saying, “I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury because Treasury offers and gives licenses for travel, as you know, and the white house has nothing to do with it.”

When hounded once more about the lyrics, Carney delivered the smackdown.

“It’s a song, Donovan, the president did not communicate with Jay Z over this trip.”

Well that song “Open Letter” trended worldwide on social media for a good part of Thursday. Well when you have a White House reporter reciting the lyrics on a national stage, is anyone surprise?

The song, which was produced by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland was reportedly put together in a matter of hours.