Pitbull Defends Jay-Z's and Beyoncé's Cuba Trip

Mr. 305: "First letter of Cuba is an 'Open Letter.'"

Posted: 04/15/2013 03:00 PM EDT
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Pitbull is coming out in defense of Jay-Z's and Beyoncé's highly criticized trip to Cuba. Covering Jay-Z's "Open Letter," Mr. 305 gave the Carter's personal clearance to visit his home country, slamming the likes of Republican Rep. Marco Rubio and the White House press secretary who figured Jay couldn't rhyme "treasury."

In his verses, Pitbull takes on GOP critics like Rubio and others, who renounced the "cultural" excursion. "Politicians love to hate you/ But then they run away when it’s time to debate you," he raps. "Question of the night: would they have mess with Mr. Carter if he was white?/ Hmmm, rhyme with treasury/ One way another in Cuba is where they’ll bury me/ Happy 5th year anniversary, Jay and B/ don’t worry it’s on me."

The U.S. Treasury approved the trip on grounds that it was not politically motivated. During their stay, Jay and Bey toured Havana, dined out and posed for pictures with fans. Critics accused the couple of financially contributing to the country's communist regime despite the U.S. embargo that limits commerce between the nations.

"It's the freedom that we ride for/ It's the freedom that we die for. C-U-B-A, hope to see you free one day," Pit spit.

Jay responded to the backlash by dropping "Open Letter," but that clearly didn't kill the conversation. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was questioned about the Brooklyn native's lyrical claims of "White House clearance" and speaking with the president. The assumption a reporter made was that the references in the song must mean Hov spoke to Obama specifically about the Cuba trip.

Carney said the exchange never happened.


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