Earlier today, Jay-Z released a new track, “Open Letter,” and has a lot of people talking as the Brooklyn rap mogul addressed multiple topics that he has been making headlines for recently such as the controversy surrounding his trip to Cuba to celebrate his fifth wedding anniversary, and that has drawn a response from the White House.
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On “Open Letter,” Hov implied that he talked to President Obama and got the okay on his trip to Cuba.
I done turned Havana to Atlanta… Boy from the hood but got White House clearance… Obama said chill, you gonna get me impeached/ But you don’t need this shit anyway/Chill with me on the beach.
As a result of the bars, Jay-Z has become a topic of conversation during today’s White House press conference.
During the press conference, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney addressed the track, saying that President Obama did not communicate directly with Jay-Z over his trip to Cuba:
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.
I am absolutely saying from the White House to the President on down had nothing to do with anyone’s travel to Cuba. That is something that Treasury handles.
It’s a song, the President didn’t communicate with Jay-Z over this trip.
Watch the White House Press conference as Press Secretary Jay Carney addresses Jay-Z’s “Open Letter” below:
In semi-related news: Going from President Obama to Chief Keef…
On “Open Letter,” Jay-Z also mentioned teenage Chicago rapper Chief Keef as Hov spit: “Fine, let me commit a real crime/ I might buy a kilo for Chief Keef.”
Hov’s mention of Chief Keef drew a response from the rapper as Keef took to Twitter.