POWER COUPLE: Beyoncé and Jay-Z
HIP-HOP MOGUL Jay-Z has fired back at critics of his trip to Cuba with wife Beyoncé in his new track Open Letter.
The couple’s journey to Havana sparked controversy with two US Congressmen, Florida representatives Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who are pursuing an investigation into the legality of their visit.
In the song, Jay-Z – real name Sean Carter – addresses the politicians over the Swizz Beatz-Timbaland produced instrumental, saying: “Politicians ain’t done s**t for me/ Except lie to me, distort history.”
Even the US President Barack Obama, a friend of Jay-Z and Beyoncé, is addressed by the rapper.
He continued: “Obama said, ‘Chill, you’re gonna get me impeached’/ You don’t need this s**t anyway, chill with me on the beach.”
The U.S. Treasury states that the married couple’s stay in Cuba was authorised under the people-to-people licence – that “encourages meaningful contacts with the Cuban people.”
The Roc Nation boss stated: “Boy from the hood but got White House clearance/Sorry y'all, I don't agree with y'all appearance.”
For more than 50 years, the US has forbidden its citizens from visiting Cuba.
The White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters, following the song’s release, that the administration was not responsible for the power couple's clearance to travel, remarking: "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury."
Furthermore, Carney refuted that Obama was in any way involved in the trip.
"I am absolutely saying that the White House and the president had nothing to do with anybody's personal … anybody's travel to Cuba.
"That is something the Treasury handles."