Pitbull And Sen. Marco Rubio Spar Over Jay-Z’s ‘Open Letter’

On Sunday (April 14) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) adressed Jay-Z‘s “Open Letter” song while making the political talk show rounds. Soon after, Miami rapper Pitbull bit into the senator with an open letter of his own.

After Rubio’s appearance, Pitbull released his version of “Open Letter” in which he weighs in on the debate over Jay-Z and Beyoncé‘s trip to Cuba and stands on the side of the two superstars.

He first hit Twitter to share his position with his fans.

His letter was in the form of a rap that took a bite out of legislators who criticized Jay-Z for his trip to Cuba.

“Politicians love to hate you,” he rapped. “But then they run away when it’s time to debate you/ 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.”

In the latest round of “Open Letter” debate, Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, said Jay needs to learn more about Cuba’s repressive policies and the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, whom Jay has name-dropped on “Public Service Announcement (Interlude)” from 2003’s Black Album (“I’m like Che Guevara with bling on, I’m complex”).

“I think Jay-Z needs to get informed,” Rubio told This Week. “One of his heroes is Che Guevara. Che Guevara was a racist. Che Guevara was a racist that wrote extensively about the superiority of white Europeans over people of African descent, so he should inform himself on the guy that he’s propping up.”

The rising Republican politician, who once quoted Jay-Z during a now famous filibuster over drone policies, has hounded the Treasury department over the trip Jay-Z and Beyonce took to Cuba, which the United States has made off limits for leisure travel due to a longstanding embargo.

“Secondly, I think if Jay-Z was truly interested in the true state of affairs in Cuba, he would have met people that are being oppressed,” Rubio said, “including a hip-hop artist in Cuba who is right now being oppressed and persecuted and is undergoing a hunger strike because of his political lyrics. I think he missed an opportunity. But that’s Jay-Z’s issue.”

Last week Jay-Z dropped his “Open Letter” in response to critics, who questioned questioned the legitimacy of a trip to Cuba he took with wife Beyoncé on the couple’s 5th anniversary.

As previously reported by Radio.com, he delves deeper into the subject when he apparently addresses the Florida politicians–Senators Marco Rubio, Mario Diaz Balart, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen–who called for an official inquiries into his trip to Cuba.

“Boy from the hood but got White House clearance/ Sorry y’all, I don’t agree with y’all appearance/ Politicians never did s*** for me/ Except lie to me/ distort history/Wanna give me jail time and a fine/Fine, let me commit a real crime…”

In a press conference held on (April 11), Jay Carney, the President’s Press Secretary, addressed a question raised from the press corpse about the song and Obama’s connection to Jay’s Cuba trip.

“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,” Carney joked.

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