White House forced to respond to lyrics in new Jay-Z song

Spokesperson for Barack Obama denies that President gave the rapper personal permission to go to Cuba

A spokesperson for The White House has been forced to deny that Barack Obama personally validated Jay-Z‘s recent trip to Cuba after the rapper claimed he had in the lyrics to a new song.

Jay-Z released ‘Open Letter’ yesterday (April 11) with the track addressing a number of issues that have seen the rapper in the news headlines in recent weeks. Scroll down to hear the song now. Top of his list was a trip to Cuba with wife Beyonce which caused controversy back home in America. The US has a 51-year embargo making it illegal for US citizens to travel to Cuba solely for tourism. However, it was subsequently revealed that the couple had permission from the government to enter the country for their holiday. Rapping about the incident on ‘Open Letter’, Jay Z says “Y’all buy that bullshit. Y’all better keep y’all receipt/ Obama said chill you gonna get me impeached/ You don’t need this shit anyway, can chill with me on the beach”.

Some critics took this to mean that Obama had personally sanctioned the trip, something a spokesperson was subsequently forced to deny. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney spoke about the song during his daily briefing yesterday, saying: “It’s a song. The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip.”

Elsewhere on the track, Jay-Z addresses his decision to sell his shares in the Brooklyn Nets, as well as referencing Roc Nation’s recent business deal with Universal, rapping: “Would have brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free, except I made millions off you fuckin dweebs, I still own the building. I’m still keeping my seat.”

Scroll down to hear Jay-Z – ‘Open Letter’