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Jay-Z Releases Song to Address Critics of His Cuba Trip and Nets Sale [Updated]

Jay-Z attends YouTube 2012 Upfronts Presentation at Beacon Theatre on May 2, 2012 in New York City.
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Jay-Z has had a frustrating April. He still got to make big moves and do exactly what he wanted, but for the first time in a long time some people complained. He wanted to take Beyoncé to Cuba and he did, but a couple of congressmen tried to stop him, kinda. He wanted to become a sports agent, but that meant selling his share of the Brooklyn Nets, the team he owned a very small portion of but was strongly associated with. As rappers do, Jay-Z released a track addressing the haters. You can hear “Open Letter” below. Other than calling himself “the Bob Dylan of rap music” in it, he focuses on these two dust-ups. On Cuba: “Obama said, ‘Chill you’re going to get me impeached’ / You don’t need this shit anyway, chill with me on the beach.” On the Nets: “I woulda moved the Nets to Brooklyn for free / Except I made millions off you fucking dweebs.” Take that, dweebs. Unless we’re the dweebs, then hey!


When the White House press secretary was asked to comment on the song’s Obama implication, he responded: “I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury.” To put it more bluntly: “It’s a song. The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip.”

Jay-Z Addresses Cuba Trip and Nets Sale With Rap