Jay-Z raps about 'White House clearance' for Cuba trip in 'Open Letter'

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by CBS News / Associated Press

CBS / AP

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 10:55 AM

NEW YORK -- On the song, Jay-Z proclaims that he turned "Havana into Atlanta" and raps about his distaste for politicians, saying, "Want to give me jail time and a fine, let me commit a real crime."

He later raps of President Barack Obama: "Obama said, 'Chill, you gon' get me impeached, you don't need this [expletive] anyway, chill with me on the beach.'"

Jay-Z also boasts in the song that he's "a boy from the hood but got White House clearance."

U.S. Treasury officials said Tuesday the couple's trip was licensed as an educational exchange after Cuban-American U.S. Reps Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart expressed concerns about the trip and wanted to know if it was licensed.

U.S. citizens aren't allowed to travel to Cuba for mere tourism, though they can obtain licenses for academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange trips. The so-called people-to-people licenses were reinstated under the Obama administration. Beyonce and Jay-Z marked their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana last week.

On the new song, the 17-time Grammy winner also addresses the Brooklyn Nets, which he owns less than 1 percent of. Jay-Z is selling his stake in the team so he can become certified as a player agent, a person with knowledge of the details said Wednesday.

"Would have brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free, except I made millions off of you [expletive] dweebs, I still own the building, I'm still keeping my seats," he raps. "Y'all buy that [expletive], y'all better keep y'all receipts."

Jay-Z also calls himself "the Bob Dylan of rap music" on "Open Letter," which was produced by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz.

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